God is Faithful

Our God is Faithful, 100% This story is based on the video Horton Hatches and Egg. It tells of keeping promises and responsibility, just like God does in the story of Anna and Simeon.


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Simeon Blesses Jesus


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Twas the Evening of Christmas

These are the activities for the story time with Miss Cathy.  We will use them during the story.

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Don’t Forget Christmas

http://https://youtu.be/ifCWN5pJGIE  This is a video of one of my favorite Christmas songs, Mary Did You Know?, it is performed by Pentatonix.

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The Light of the World

The Light of the World   A story about Jesus coming into the world to be our light.  

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A Messenger Sent from God

Our Story today is about John the Baptist. Our memory verse is from 2 Peter 3:15a, from Chess’s sermon.  Help your kids learn that while we wait for Jesus, we are to keep growing to be like him.  ” Remember that while our Lord is waiting patiently to return’ people are being saved.”

A Messenger Sent From God

 

Theme: John the Baptist prepares the way for Jesus.  Scripture: Mark 1:1-8

Memory Verse:  Remember that while our Lord is waiting patiently to return, people are being saved.  2 Peter 3:15a

Before the days of printed newspapers, town criers walked through the streets ringing a bell. (Ring bell and wait for kids to respond with “Hear ye, hear ye!”) Then they shouted out the news from every street corner announcing the time of town meetings and other items of interest to the people. Even after printed newspapers came along, you could walk the streets of a city and hear the voice of a newspaper boy crying out, “Extra! Extra! Read all about it!” Then he would shout out the day’s headlines, hoping to get the attention of those who were passing by so that they would buy a newspaper. (Ring bell and wait for kids to respond with “Hear ye, hear ye!)

Today, people get the news in many different ways. Think for a moment about how your family gets the news. Some rely on the newspaper and they read it from cover to cover, some get the news from the Internet, others get the news by listening to the radio. Probably the main way that people get the news today is by watching television. No matter how you get the news, it is important to know what is going on in the world around us.

Long before Jesus was born, God spoke through the prophet Isaiah to tell how He would spread the news of the coming of the Messiah. This is what God said through Isaiah, “I will send my messenger to prepare the way. He will be a voice of one crying in the desert, ‘Prepare the way for the coming of the Lord! Clear the road for him.'” 

John the Baptist was the messenger that God chose to bring this good news to His people. John was a very unusual man who wore clothes made of camel hair with a leather belt around his waist. His favorite food was locusts and wild honey. Everyone has something unique or unusual about themselves. What’s that for you? John traveled around in the desert preaching that people should repent of their sins and turn to God. Repent means to tell God when you know you have done wrong and stop doing those wrong things. When people listening to John the Baptist confessed their sins, he baptized them in the Jordan River.

John the Baptist was very popular and had a great following, but he always told the people about Jesus. “Someone is coming soon who is greater than I am,” he said. “He is so much greater that I am not even worthy to stoop down and untie the straps on His sandals.” Yes, John was faithful in bringing the news to the people.

It’s been 2,000 years since God sent His Son, but God still needs messengers to spread the news. This year, as we celebrate our Savior’s birth, won’t you be God’s messenger to share the good news with others?

Dear God, we thank You for this very special time of year when we celebrate the birth of Jesus. There are many who don’t know about Jesus. Help us be Your messengers and share the good news. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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In the Potter’s Hand

In the Potter’s Hand

In the Potter’s Hand

The memory verse for this week is from Isaiah 64: 4–“”Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay. You are the potter. Your hands made all of us.”
 
Here is are links to the lesson and activities for the week: 

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The Thankful Leper


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Using Your Talents


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Give Me Oil in My Lamp

Give Me Oil in My Lamp

Theme:  Be prepared for Christ’s return.

 

Memory Verse:  Brothers and sisters, you are loved by God.  We know that he has chosen you.  1 Thessalonians 1:4

 

Scripture: Matthew 25:1-13

We always keep a flashlight in our house. We keep the flashlight so that if the lights go out, we will be able to find our way around in the dark. The flashlight is always kept in the same place so that we will know where to find it when we need it. Do you know what else we have to do? We have to check the batteries regularly to make sure they are still working and we have to make sure there are always extra batteries on hand. When the lights go out, this flashlight will be no help if the batteries are dead and there aren’t any fresh batteries to replace them.

In the time that Jesus lived, people didn’t have flashlights or batteries. Instead, they used oil lamps, and just as it is important for us to have a good supply of batteries for our flashlight, it was important for the people of Jesus’ day to have a good supply of oil on hand for their lamps.

One day, Jesus told a story using oil lamps to teach his disciples how important it was for them to be prepared for the day when he would return. In Jesus’ story, a wedding was about to take place. The bride had ten bridesmaids and they were waiting for the bridegroom to come and take them to his house where the wedding would take place. Weddings in those days were almost always at night and the bridesmaids would light their lamps and lead the bride to the house of the bridegroom. Jesus said that while they were waiting for the bridegroom, the bridesmaids became tired and fell asleep.

Suddenly, everyone was awakened by someone shouting. “Look, the bridegroom is coming! Come out and meet him!” The bridesmaids jumped up and began to prepare their lamps. Five of the bridesmaids had not brought any extra oil, so they didn’t have enough oil to light their lamps. The other five had very wisely brought extra oil, so they were well-prepared and lit their lamps. The foolish ones asked to borrow some oil, but the wise ones were afraid there was not enough for them, so they told them to go buy some more oil. While they were gone, the bridegroom came and the five who were ready went with him to the wedding feast. When the foolish ones bought more oil and went to the groom’s house, it was too late. The door had already been closed locked. Jesus told his followers, “So you must be ready, because you don’t know when I will return.”

In this story, the bridegroom is Jesus and you and I are the bridesmaids. Do you think we are the wise ones or the foolish ones? Well, Jesus told us that he was going to come again, and that if we were wise, we would be ready for his return. What can we do to make sure we are ready? We can read his Word, do what it says, and put our trust in him. If we will do that, we will be ready. We will have oil in our lamp and our light will be shining brightly to show others the way to him.

Heavenly Father, we want to be ready when Jesus comes again. Help us to trust in him and follow his teachings. Amen.

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Practice What You Preach

Practice What You Preach

Theme:  Do what you tell others to do.

Scripture:  Matthew 23:1-12

 

Memory Verse: Brothers and sisters, you are loved by God.  We know that he has chosen you.  1 Thessalonians 1:4

 

Lead kids through a couple rounds of Simon Says. In Simon Says, the leader tells kids things to do but they have to listen closely. If you say, “Simon says,” then kids do the motion. If you don’t say, “Simon Says,” kids don’t do the motion.

After a few rounds of Simon Says, say: You guys did a great job playing Simon Says. Let’s play it the opposite way. You still need to listen to me say, “Simon Says” before you do a motion. But, in this Opposite Simon Says, you will do the opposite of what I say. If I say, “Simon says, ‘don’t touch your head,’ you will do the opposite and touch your head.” Let’s try this.

 Simon says, “don’t clap your hands.” (Kids should clap their hands because they’re doing the opposite thing.)

 Say these things for kids to do the opposite:

  • “Simon says, ‘Stand up.’ ” (Kids will sit.)
  • “Stand up.” (Kids should not move.)
  • “Simon says, ‘Sit down.’ ” (Kids will stand up.)
  • “Simon says, ‘Don’t pat your head.’ ” (Kids will pat their head.)
  • “Simon says, ‘Don’t stop patting your head.’ ” (Kids will stop.)
  • “Pat your stomach.” (Kids should not move.)
  • “Simon says, ‘Don’t practice what you preach.” (Kids will be confused.)

Have kids sit down.

Practice what you preach. What does that mean? (Pause.) I think it means that if you tell someone to do something, you need to do it, too. Practice what you preach means don’t do the opposite thing that you say. Instead do what you say others should do.

In our Bible lesson today, Jesus had something to say about “practicing what you preach.” Jesus was talking about the teachers of the law and the Pharisees in the synagogue where people went to worship. Jesus said that everything that they did was done so that others would see them and think how great they were. But they didn’t do what they told other people to do. In fact, they did the opposite! 

What did Jesus tell us to do about teachers like these? (Pause.) 

You might think Jesus would say, “Don’t listen to them! You don’t have to do what they say.” But He didn’t. Jesus said, “Obey these teachers and do everything they say. But do not do what they do, because they do not practice what they preach.” When it comes to living the Christian life, we need to make sure we do what we say.

Here’s a little poem that would be good to remember.

You can know a lot of Scripture
And have the gift to teach,
But what is more important —
Is to practice what you preach!

Dear God, help us be people who do what we say so that others can see the love of Jesus in us. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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Love God and Others

Theme:  Love God and Others

Memory Verse:  Brothers and sisters, you are loved by God.  We know that he has chosen you.  1 Thessalonians 1:4

Scripture for today’s lesson:  Matthew 22:34-46

I don’t know for sure, but I think there have probably been more songs written about love than about anything else in the world. Here’s a list of some of my favorites: “Love Makes the World Go Round,” “Love and Marriage,” and “When I Fall in Love.” 

Oh, I almost forgot one of the best love songs ever written. I’m sure all of you know this song! If you know it, sing along with me. But I also have a challenge for you: Everytime you hear the word “love” on this song, make a heart shape out of your hands. (Demonstrate making a heart shape with your hands.)

Here it goes:

Jesus loves me, this I know,
For the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to him belong;
They are weak but he is strong.

Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so.

What a wonderful song about Jesus’ love for us. In today’s Bible lesson, Jesus teaches another very important lesson about love. I want you to help me again. Every time you hear the word “love,” make a heart shape with your hands.

People were always amazed at the teachings of Jesus. One day a crowd was gathered around Jesus when a man who was an expert in religious law tried to trap Jesus with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment?”

Jesus answered, “‘Love (pause) the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind,’ this is the greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love  (pause) your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”  In other words, Jesus was saying that if we could love  (pause) God and love  (pause) others, we would not have any trouble keeping the other 10 commandments.

Let’s ask God to help us to love (pause) as we ought.

Dear God, help us to love  (pause) You with all of our heart and to love  (pause) our neighbors as we love  (pause) ourselves. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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Moses and the Golden Calf

Memory Verse:  Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord Always.  I will say it again: Rejoice!

 

Worship God and Him alone.

Statues are fine unless they become something that we worship other than God. (Hold it up and kids freeze.) When we do that, the statue becomes an idol that replaces our God.

That is what our Bible lesson is about this morning. Moses was up on a mountain called Mt. Sanai. I am sure that you remember that God had told Moses to go up on the mountain so that God could give him the Ten Commandments for the people to follow.

Now Moses stayed up on the mountain longer than the people thought he should. (Hold it up and kids freeze.) They went to Aaron and said to him, “We want you to create gods who will go before us so that we will know what way to go. As for this fellow, Moses, who brought us out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.”

Aaron answered them, “Take off the gold earrings you are wearing and bring them to me.” So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron. He took all the gold they had given to him and made it into an idol in the shape of a calf. (Hold it up and kids freeze.) The people were very happy with the idol that had been made for them.

When Aaron saw how happy the people were, he built an altar for the calf. He said, “Tomorrow will be a festival to the Lord and you are to rise up early and make a sacrifice of burnt offerings before the calf.” (Hold it up and kids freeze.)

When God saw what the people were doing, He became very angry and told Moses that He was going to destroy the people because of their unfaithfulness. But Moses begged the Lord to remember the promise that He had made to Abraham, Isaac, and the children of Israel. Moses convinced the Lord and He changed His mind and did not do what He said He might do—He did not destroy them.

What can we learn from this? We sometimes put other things before God. It may not be an idol made of gold in the shape of a calf, but it may be things like money, friends, or sports. Anything we put ahead of our love for God becomes an idol and that is a big mistake.

Dear God, let us always remember that You created us and all we have. You must always have first place in our life. In Jesus’ name, amen.
 

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Reaching for the prize God has for us

Theme: Reaching for the prize God has for us

Memory Verse:  I press toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 3:14

Have you ever run a race? When I was younger, I loved to run. I started out running short races, but as my love for running grew, I ran in some longer races. The longest race I ever ran was a marathon. Do you know how long a marathon is?

A marathon is 26 miles and 385 yards. Wow! That is a long race, isn’t it?

This is a medal I received for running a marathon. One day I showed some friends the medal I had received and one of them asked me, “Did you win the race?”

I answered, “Well, I wasn’t the first runner to finish the race, but everyone who finished the race was a winner and received a prize.” So, even though I didn’t come in first, I finished the race, and earning this medal is the greatest prize of my days as a runner.

In our Bible lesson today, the Apostle Paul writes a letter telling the people in the church at the town of Philippi about the joy of being a follower of Jesus. He told them that being a follower of Jesus is like running a race and winning the prize that God has for us.

Paul explained, “I don’t mean that I am exactly what God wants me to be. I haven’t reached that goal. But I continue trying to reach that goal and make it mine. That is what Jesus wants me to do. I have a long way to go, but there is one thing I do: I forget about what is past and try as hard as I can to reach the goal that God has for me.”

Do you know what the prize was that Paul was talking about? It is eternal life in heaven with Christ Jesus. That is the prize that Paul was looking forward to, and it is the prize that you and I look forward to as well.

Paul continued, “I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”

As a follower of Jesus, you and I are running the same race that the Apostle Paul ran. When we finish the race, we will claim the same prize that Paul told the Philippians about—eternal life in heaven with Jesus Christ.

Dear Father, help us to run the race and claim the prize of eternal life in heaven with Jesus. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.
 

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One Plus One Equals Three

One Plus One Equals Three

Theme: When we are gathered in Jesus’ name, He will be there with us.

Memory Verse: “For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:20 [NIV]

It is back to school time! All around the world, children have either already started back to school or they will very soon. As a teacher, I can tell you that one thing that is very important for a teacher is to find out what their students already know. That way, they will know where they should start in teaching them what they should know.

I was wondering if it would be a good idea for our Sunday School teachers to give a little quiz to find out how much their students know about the Bible? As an experiment, I made up a sample quiz to try out on you this morning. Are you ready? If you know the answer, raise your hand.

How many of each animal did Moses take on the ark with him? (allow time for answers) “None!” I thought the answer was two. Oh, that’s right, it was Noah that built the ark, not Moses.

Here is question number two. Are automobiles mentioned in the Bible? Let’s check our answer. “Yes, in Acts 2:1″ Let’s see what it says in Acts 2:1. . .”When the day of Pentecost was come, they were all in one accord.” Hey! I don’t think it is talking about a Honda Accord automobile there!

Those first two questions were trick questions, weren’t they? Well, I promise you that the next question is not a trick question. Here it is: According to the Bible, can one plus one ever equal three? Let’s check our answer. “Yes!” How can that be? The answer is in the Bible. Jesus said, “For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.” Oh, I see, if two are gathered in Jesus’ name, Jesus is there with them — so one plus one equals three.

Look around this room. I’m not sure exactly how many people are here this morning, but whatever the number is, you can add One to it, because Jesus is here too.

Dear Jesus, we thank you for being here with us this morning as we gather together to worship in your name. Amen.

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And a Reminder from Psalm 149 to Dance before the Lord!


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