SUNDAY SCHOOL @ HOME – Third Sunday of Easter/April 26, 2020

SUNDAY SCHOOL @ HOME – Third Sunday of Easter/April 26, 2020

Third Sunday of Easter

Bible Passage (for parents)
Road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35)

 

The two followers of Jesus traveling to Emmaus, thought all their hopes concerning Jesus had been lost.  It was not uncommon for people who didn’t know each other to band together while traveling on a pilgrimage to and from Jerusalem. However, these travelers did know the person who joined them—it was Jesus, risen from the dead just as he had promised. But Jesus didn’t tell them who he was right away. He had a lesson to teach them first.

 

Watch the story together:

Discuss

  • Tell about a time you were confused and didn’t know what to do.
  • What made it hard for people to follow Jesus after he died on the cross? (People didn’t know he came back to life.)
  • What makes it hard to follow Jesus today?
  • How does Jesus help us follow him?

 

Song

Open the Eyes of My Heart, Lord.  Why not do the motions?

Service Project

Decorate brown paper lunch bags to brighten the lives of homebound seniors.  You can find more information at bit.ly/33nyylZ, including a way to search for your local Meals on Wheels program.  If your local program isn’t interested, send them to Metro Meals on Wheels, 1200 Washington Avenue South, Suite 380, Minneapolis, MN. 55415.  They’ll fill the bags with the food they deliver to folks in need.  Your artwork will brighten their day!

 

Activity

Set up a line of dominos.  Once you have them set up, tip the first one over.   (If you don’t have dominos, you can watch this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bMRCOiWxyc – you might want to watch it even if you do!)

Jesus shared the Good News with the men on the road to Emmaus.  The disciples returned to Jerusalem to share the Good News and continue Jesus’ ministry.  As others heard what the disciples told them about Jesus, they shared the Good News and continued Jesus’ ministry.  It is like Jesus is the first domino and the Good News spreads from person to person (which is like the other dominoes falling).

  • What is the name of someone in your life that needs some compassion and love?
  • Who among your friends could you start inviting to come to church with you once we are able to gather together again?

Let the dominoes be a reminder of what true disciples need to do after meeting Jesus on the Road to Emmaus.

 

Discuss

Faith gives us the ability to see Jesus in the people, places, and things around us.  Faith also gives us the courage to serve and tell others about Jesus. Just like the disciples on the Road to Emmaus, it can sometimes be hard to see or believe Jesus even when he’s with us.

  • What are some of the things that help us see and follow Jesus today?
  • How can you follow Jesus this week?

 

Closing Prayer

The season of Easter is 50 days, from Easter Sunday (April 12, 2020) to Pentecost (May 31, 2020).  For your prayers today, consider beginning or continuing a paperchain where everyone in your house writes one thing they are grateful for.  Do this until Pentecost.

Pray:  Dear God, open our eyes and our hearts to see Jesus in our lives.  Help us share the Good News of your love for us and continue Jesus’ ministry by serving those in need.  (We thank you for these things say the things written on the links of your paperchain or anything for which you are thankful).  We thank you for the gift of Jesus.  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 dfugate@iksynod.org.

 

 

 

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