SUNDAY SCHOOL @ HOME – 20th Sunday after Pentecost/October 18, 2020
Bible Passage (for parents)
I Belong to God! (Matthew 22:15-22)
One day a group of religious leaders came to see Jesus and they wanted to see if they could trick him. They asked him a question. They said, “We know that God is the ruler of everything, but should we pay taxes to the emperor, or King, or not?” Jesus answered their question with a question of his own. He said, “Whose image, or picture, is on the coin?” The religious leaders said, “The emperor’s!” Jesus said, “Then give to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s and give to God the things that are God’s.” That’s an interesting story. We have to think a little more about what that means. Watch the video as we think about it together.
Watch this video together:
The religious leaders wanted to trick Jesus. The emperor would have been angry if Jesus said don’t pay your taxes. But Jesus knew, just like we do, that everything belongs to God. Everything God has made is stamped with the image of God. Every single one of us is made in the image of God. We shouldn’t forget that others are made in God’s image. Jesus, in fact, says that when we serve others, we are serving him. We also shouldn’t forget that we, too, are made in God’s image. We belong to God. No matter what happens to us. No matter what people think about us. No matter what people say about us. No matter how we feel about ourselves. We belong to God. Nothing can ever change that. That is truly good news!
- When are times it is hard to remember that others are made in God’s image?
- When is it hard to remember that you are made in God’s image?
- What can remind you that you belong to God?
Every Move I Make. CJ and Friends. This is a Dance-Along video with Lyrics. Sing along and dance along, if you’d like. This is a song we’ve used before. It is a really good reminder today as we remember that we belong to God!
When Jesus was baptized by his cousin, John the Baptist, in the River Jordan, when he came up out of the water, the Holy Spirit descended like a dove. Because of that, a dove is a symbol or reminder of Holy Baptism. Trace your hand on a white sheet of paper and cut it out. Glue it onto another sheet of paper ( one of a different color, if possible) and add an eye and a beak. Write the words “Marked with the Cross of Christ forever…” and “I belong to God” to remind you that through your baptism God has made you God’s own. You belong to God!
Consider discussing financial giving as a family. ELCA World Hunger is one resource. Download the ELCA World Hunger Global Barnyard Coloring Book and take a look at some of its suggestions.
- What are some ways we can help others know they belong to God?
- Knowing that we belong to God, how might our actions show that?
- What might we do this week to live as people who belong to God?
God, we thank you that you have made us your own through Holy Baptism. Help us remember that all that we have and all that we are is from you. Help us remember that no matter what: We belong to you. 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].