This God Time came about while my daughter and I were preparing to help out with our parish ELCA World Hunger Walk for Water. She wanted to know why we were walking for water, and this Bible story from Matthew came to mind. Enjoy feeding your family’s faith as you talk about helping others this week!
Supplies: God Time pillows, candle and holder (see “Gathering,” below), a family Bible with this story, access to the internet, materials for the activity.
Gather: We like to sit in a circle on the floor for God Time. Finding some pillows or cushions to sit on makes it even more comfortable. My kids like to use pillow pets for this purpose! Once you are in a circle, light a candle (or turn on a battery-operated one; we use an LED tea light in a pretty metal container).
Story: Read Matthew 25:31-46 in your Bible, or you can check out this version: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+25%3A31-46&version=ERV
Discuss: We learn in this story that whatever we do one another, we are also doing to Jesus. What are some examples that Jesus gives in this story? How could we do things like that in our own family? Community? School? WARNING: Your brainstorming just might lead to action!
Song: Jesus Said!
My daughter and I wrote a song to go with Jesus’ words this week. You can find it here:
Activity: Encouragement Noisemakers
My daughter and I were making these noisemakers when she asked me about this Bible story. You can make them to help one another to treat one another as we would treat Jesus. When you catch each other being like Jesus, shake your noisemakers and say, “When you help others, you help Jesus!”
Here is the link to the activity:
Prayer: (You can do this all together, or as a “repeat after me” prayer, depending on reading ability) Dear Jesus, we thank you for showing up in our lives. Help us to see you in everyone we meet, and to treat them how we would treat you. In your name we pray, Amen.