SUNDAY SCHOOL @ HOME – Fifth Sunday in Lent (March 21, 2021)
Following Jesus (John 12:20-33)
There were some people who wanted to see Jesus. They asked Philip, one of Jesus’ first disciples if they could see Jesus. Philip went and told Andrew, another of Jesus’ first disciples that there were some people who wanted to see Jesus. Philip and Andrew went to Jesus and told him about the people who wanted to meet him. Let’s watch the video and hear what Jesus said.
When Jesus was teaching and talking to those who wanted to see him, he said that when a seed is planted in the ground, it dies so that a new plant can grow and that new plant will have many more seeds on it. The reason Jesus said this was because he wanted everyone to know that it was time for God’s promise to come true. The promise was that Jesus would die, but then he would rise from death to new life. Jesus wouldn’t stay dead, but he would be alive again! Jesus also said that many people would serve him and follow him. The people wanted to know how they could serve him. Jesus said if they followed him, he would show them how to help and care for others. Then a voice from heaven, God’s voice, said, “It is time for me to keep my promise.” People thought that the voice was thunder, but Jesus said it was God telling them it was time for them to follow Jesus.
- What was God’s promise?
- What did Jesus want people to do?
- What can you do to help and serve others?
I’m Trusting You. Lifetree Kids. (Don’t you love this song?)
Jesus talks about seeds dying so that a new plant can grow. Work together as a family to sprout a seed so that you can see a new plant begin to grow. Scholastic offers some simple instructions here: https://www.scholastic.com/parents/school-success/learning-toolkit-blog/germinate-seeds-and-watch-them-sprout-windowsill.html
When the people heard God’s voice from heaven, they thought it was thunder. Learn more about thunder by watching this 3 minute video from National Geographic called “Thunder 101” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUNEFefftt8
Jesus talks about seeds becoming plants. To illustrate this, make some paper flowers. Cut eleven 2 inches strips of paper. Glue the ends together to form petal shapes. Lay the petal shaped in a circle to create a flower. Cut circles and put glue on the edge of the circle the petals down on top of the circle to stick. Repeat with another circle on top.
God, thank you for sending your Son, Jesus, into our world. Help us follow Jesus by helping and caring for others. Remind us that Jesus is always with us. 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].