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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Captain of the Storm

Children’s Chapel
August 20, 2017

Theme: The Captain of the Storm
Bible Reference: Matthew 8, Jesus Storybook Bible pp 236-242

·         Welcome: Welcome all and ask if we have any new friends. Introduce new friends.

·         Church Practice and Calendar:
We continue in the liturgical season of Ordinary Time. The cloth on our Children’s Chapel altar is green today which is the color we use during Ordinary Time.  Who would like to move the arrow on our liturgical calendar? (Allow one child to come up to the calendar to move the arrow forward one week.) The arrow is now pointing to the eleventh green square.  You will also notice that in big church the altar frontal, church dressings, and clergy stoles are green. (Light altar candles.) We light these candles to remind us that Christ is the light of the world. We also remember that God is always with us, that Jesus lives in our hearts and that we are inspired by the power of the Holy Spirit. Before we begin our Bible lesson today, let us pray.

·          Children’s Collect for August 20th:
Heavenly Father, you have given your only son Jesus who showed us how to love one another.  Give us grace to receive your blessings
and to daily follow the example of Jesus’ holy life.
In your holy name we pray, Amen.

·          Introduction: Last week during the Children’s Sermon Josh talked about what we can do when we are scared or if something is bothering us. Do you remember what he told you? (Allow answers.) You are right, Josh told us that we can pray to God. We know that God is always with us, but sometimes when something is so frightening we may forget. What are some things that have scared you? (Allow answers.) There are many scary things in the world, but Jesus promises that he is always with us. In today’s Bible story in the Gospel of Matthew, we will hear about a time when the disciples were scared and what happens. Let’s listen to the story form the “Jesus Storybook Bible.” (Older children may be invited to read sections of the story aloud.)

·          Bible Story: “The Jesus Storybook Bible” pages 236-242 (read aloud)

·        Response: In the Bible story we just listened to, the disciples became scared when a big storm began tossing their boat back and forth. They feared that their boat would sink. The disciples scurried back and forth on the boat trying to save themselves, forgetting that Jesus was right with them all the while. When they finally remembered that Jesus was with them, they were shocked as his calmness in face of the storm. But Jesus knew better and calmed the storms. All was peaceful one again. The disciples were amazed!
Just as the disciples faced the storm on the boat we all face storms. They may be scary thunder storms or storms of a different kind such as being sick, or being hurt by someone’s words, or failing at something we have tried so hard to do. We will all face storms many times in our life. The good news is that just as Jesus was with the disciples to calm the storm, Jesus is also always with each of us. We are not alone. We do not have to face the storms of life by ourselves and we do not have to overcome the storm by our own power. The good news too for all of us is that Jesus brings each of us peace and calm in the middle of each and every storm we face during our lives.

·         Closing Prayer:
Let us pray. Heavenly Father, we give thanks to you for the gift of your son Jesus who is always with us. Strengthen us as we trust in you and help us to remember that we are not alone when we are facing the storms of life. Give us peace and calm as we remember that Jesus calms the storms and is with us always.


·        Response Activity will be provided.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The Lord's Prayer

Children’s Chapel
August 13, 2017

·    Welcome: Good Morning girls and boys! I am so happy to see you all this morning! Do we have any new friends with us? (Welcome new friends.)

·    Church Practice:
We are now in the liturgical season of Ordinary Time. The cloth on our Children’s Chapel altar is green today which is the color we use during Ordinary Time.  Who would like to move the arrow on our liturgical calendar? (Allow one child to come up to the calendar to move the arrow forward one week.) The arrow is now pointing to the tenth green square.  You will also notice that in big church the altar frontal, church dressings, and clergy stoles are green. (Light altar candles.) We light these candles to remind us that Christ is the light of the world. We remember that God is always with us, that Jesus lives in our hearts and that we are inspired by the power of the Holy Spirit. Before we begin our Bible lesson today, let us pray.

·       Children’s Collect:  Let us pray, Heavenly Father, we are here to worship and praise you. Open our hearts and minds so that we may hear your words spoken to us through the Bible story today. Give us strength that we may serve you through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives, and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

·   Bible Reference: “The Jesus Storybook Bible” pages 222-227 (read aloud)

·  Response: Today we are going to talk about the prayer Jesus taught us to say.  There are some big words and hard things to understand in this prayer, so we are going to think about them out loud together. 
The prayer begins:

Our Father, who art in Heaven
(Pull out the collage of people and animals and hand to a child who will hold it while you speak.)
Some people find it helpful to think about God’s love for us like a father’s love for his children. You can also think about God’s love as being like the love of the person who knows you and loves you the best such as your Mom and/or Dad’s love for you, or the love of your sister or brother, or the way your grandparents love you. God’s love for us is bigger than any love, but our love that we feel in our families helps us to think about God’s love by remembering how we feel when we are with the person who knows us and loves us best.

Hallowed be thy NameGet ready with your “holy” poster.
“Hallowed” is a funny word, isn’t it?  Does anyone know what it means?  “Hallowed” is a word that means “holy” (Hand a child the poster with the word “HOLY” on it) or “special.”  And God’s name IS special and holy. 

Thy Kingdom Come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven
(Hold up the globe)
We ask God to help us do God’s will and to help us make the world the way God wants it to be – just like God sees the world in Heaven. 
In this part of the prayer, we are asking God to use us to help make the earth the way God imagines it can be. (Hand the globe to one of the children.)

Give us this day our daily bread
(Take out the loaf of bread and hand it to another child.)
I wonder what this could mean?  Back in the times when the Bible was written, bread was the basic necessity of life.  In the prayer, bread is a symbol for asking God to make sure we have what we need.  What do you think are the things we need? 

And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against usHold up the “No trespassing” sign and pass it off to another child
“Trespasses” is another of those big words that we need to think about.  Have you ever seen a sign like this one?  What do you think it means?  When we “trespass” against someone, we do something wrong, something that is hurtful to or disrespectful of another person. We ask God to forgive us and to help us forgive others.

Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evilPull out the Monopoly money or the gem
“Temptation” is another big word. “Temptation” can be lots of things.  What tempts you?  It can be something as big wanting to steal from other people or as small as sneaking a cookie from the cookie jar when Mom or Dad has said, “Not until after dinner!”  We ask God to help us stay away from the things that we know are wrong for us to do.  And that is how “deliver us from evil” gets into the prayer.  In the “trespasses” line just before this one, we prayed about forgiving others from the wrong they have done to us and we ask for forgiveness for the wrongs we have done to others. 

For Thine is the Kingdom, and the power and the glory, forever and everPull out the crown and hang on to it
This last part of the prayer reminds us that everything in the world, even our very selves, belongs to God.  Even the things we think we own, really belong to God.  In telling God that we know all the blessings and good things we have come from him, we tell God that we trust him to lead us in our lives and to help us take good care of the gifts God has given us. 

Now, let’s say the whole prayer together


·    Response Activity will be provided.