Most Sunday school children know of David and Goliath. Fewer know of David’s adultery. Almost none, however, could correctly state that David, who wrote wonderful prayers and songs, was also a systematic, genocidal mass murderer (1 Samuel 27). For the sake of our Christian faith, students should learn all this. How can people do terrible things and also be wonderfully artistic, even religiously so? Consider Pablo Picasso. He demonstrated and pioneered the great changes in twentieth-century art.
“And immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.” (v. 52b)
Good morning whoever is out there.
I hope you boys and girls are here this morning. Since I can't see you, let me know if you are actually present. (have the children touch and/or speak and/or sing) (Humor works, like have the children repeat something silly like, “Good morning fantastic, awesome, most highest lord pastor/teacher”)
I remember going to a Lent group years ago, where the priest gave all us lay folk a piece of paper and a pen and asked us to write down what we knew about Jesus. He didn't want us to write down what we'd been told about Jesus or read about Jesus, but simply what we knew for ourselves from our own experience.
I ended up with a blank sheet of paper, but one person wrote, "I know that Jesus saves me." That led onto an interesting discussion along the lines of: saves you from something? Or for something?