Seasonal Theme The teaching and ministry of Jesus the Christ.
Theme For The Day Jesus' teachings about building strong lives which can withstand the floods of life.
Old Testament Lesson Genesis 6:11-22, 7:24, 8:14-9 The Great Flood We now turn in Genesis to the account of the great flood. Perhaps a brief outline of the flood story will help: 1. The earth was corrupt and violent -- 6:11 2. God decides to start over with human kind -- 6:13 3. Noah is told to build a boat -- 6:14
I am so happy to see you this morning. How are you? (children may respond)
Let's play a game I call “Lost and Found.” Okay? (children respond)
(presenter role plays) Uh, oh, I lost something for today's message. Hmm, I wonder where it could be. It's a box like this. (shows approximate dimensions) (instruct the children to look around the immediate area) (then presenter or child finds it)
Since the Fourth Sunday in Lent has been historically identified as Laetare (Rejoicing Sunday), it is most appropriate that the lessons collectively testify to a theme for which we can rejoice — God saves us by his grace!
In this familiar and well-loved story of the Prodigal Son, I often wonder what happened to the mother of the family. She's totally ignored. So are any daughters. It seems like a completely male stronghold. So much so that I wonder whether perhaps the mother had died some years previously, and that was the cause of much of the unhappiness displayed by both the father and the sons. Or whether the father was such a domineering character that his wife played no real part in family life, but simply bowed her head in compliance with all his wishes, no matter how extreme they were.