SUNDAY SCHOOL @ HOME – 14th Sunday after Pentecost/September 6, 2020
Bible Passage (for parents)
Friends (Matthew 18:15-20)
Jesus is talking with his disciples. They are a group of friends. They are often together. Sometimes friends have disagreements. Jesus tells his disciples how they should work to solve disagreements and then he reminds them of something very important. Let’s watch the video together and hear what Jesus says.
Watch this video together:
Jesus said that when you have a disagreement with someone, you should go to them directly and tell them what you are upset about. Most times that will solve a problem, when you talk with one another directly and listen to each other and work out a solution together. But, Jesus says, if that doesn’t solve the problem, you should have someone else help you as you talk to the person you have a disagreement with again. That might be a parent, a teacher, a pastor or deacon, or someone else. Jesus tells us how to solve problems with friends, but friendship are important to Jesus. Relationships matter to Jesus.
- Tell about a time you had a disagreement with a friend.
- How do you go about solving disagreements with friends?
- Who could help you if you are having a disagreement with a friend?
Jesus is the Rock. Sung by Go Fish Guys.
Play Rock, Paper, Scissors
Form pairs and players flash rock, paper, scissor, shoot! This is a game that can build friendship or sometimes create disagreement!
Begin a story with a first line, for instance, “Once upon a time there were three children walking through the forest … .” One by one, everyone adds one sentence with new details to the story. The story cannot end until everyone has participated. This is a game that builds community/friendships.
Jesus made a promise in the gospel. He said that whenever two or more are gathered in his name, he is there among them. Here is a craft you could do.
Friendship is important to Jesus. In today’s gospel, he tells us a way to solve disagreements so that friendships can be restored. Jesus also makes a promise. He says that whenever two or more are gathered in his name, he is there among them. Many of us haven’t been able to meet in person at our congregations. We have had to worship online or in our homes. The good news is that when we are gathered in Jesus’ name, he is among us. When we pray together, when we forgive others, when we serve others, together with others, Jesus is with us!
Pray: Jesus, we thank you for friends. We thank you that you are our friend. Help us work through disagreements with others so that friendships can be resolved. Help us remember that whenever two or more are gathered in your name, you are among us. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Pastor Dan Fugate, Assistant to the Bishop for Discipleship in the Indiana-Kentucky Synod, ELCA, put this lesson together for Sunday School @ Home. There will be a new one for each Sunday while we are unable to gather together physically in our congregational buildings. Contact him at [email protected].