Sunday, October 1, 2017

The Ten Commandments

Children’s Chapel
October 1, 2017

Bible Reference: Exodus 20: 1-20
Theme: The Ten Commandments

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

·         Church Traditions and Liturgical Calendar:
Who can tell me what liturgical season we are in right now. If you take a look at our liturgical calendar you will see that we are right in the middle of Ordinary Time. The color we use for this time is green so you will see that the cloth on our Children’s Chapel altar is green. You will also notice that in big church the altar frontal, church dressings, and clergy stoles are green.  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 seventeenth green square.

·          Lighting of candles
(As one adult lights the altar candles, say.) 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 the Collect or prayer of the week.

·             Children’s Collect for October 1st:
Let Us Pray:
Heavenly Father, give us all of your grace, that we may receive your abundant treasure of love
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who
lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for
ever and ever. Amen.

·         Introduction: In today’s Bible story we will continue to read in the Old Testament book of Exodus about Moses and the Israelites. We remember from last week’s Bible story that Moses and the Israelites were wandering I the desert when the Israelites began to complain that they had no food or water. God provided for the Israelites needs by giving them manna or bread from heaven and living water from a rock. Even though God had taken care of all of the Israelites needs and had lead them away from the slavery they once lived in under the Egyptian Pharaoh, the Israelites still had a hard time following God, so God sent called Moses up on to a mountain. Let’s listen and see what happens next.

·         Bible Story: (Read Aloud) “The Jesus Storybook Bible” pp.105-107
With Children in grades 1-5, have several children volunteers read aloud to the others.

·         Bible Reference:
Exodus 20:1-20
Then God spoke all these words: 2I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; 3you shall have no other gods before me. 4You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me, 6but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments. 7You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name. 8Remember the Sabbath day, and keep it holy. 9Six days you shall labor and do all your work. 10But the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work—you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns. 11For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; there fore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and consecrated it.

·     Response: The Israelites were grumbling and beginning to take things into their own hands instead of trusting God, so God brought Moses up onto Mount Sinai in order to give him a set of rules or commandments for the Israelites to follow. There were ten rules that God gave to Moses which are called the Ten Commandments or God’s Law. These commandments are very important because God not only gave them to Moses and the Israelites, but also to all of us. But do you know what happened? The Israelites were unable to follow God’s law perfectly, and, you know what, neither can we. The good news is that God sent his son Jesus, many years after Moses. Jesus, as God, was the only one who could ever perfectly follow all of God’s laws. Jesus taught us how to love God and one another. Jesus also died upon the cross for all of us who are unable to follow God’s law perfectly so that we could always live with God forever. 
Let us pray.

·        Closing Prayer: Heavenly Father, we give thanks for your son Jesus who came into the world to show us how to love you and each other. We give thanks that you love each of us so much that Jesus was sacrificed upon the cross so that we who can not perfectly follow your commands may live with you forever. Strengthen us daily in your love, that we may be able to love one another as you love each of us. In your holy name, Amen.

·        Response Activity will be provided.

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