Good Samaritan Review

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This week, the gospel lesson that you will hear in church is from Luke 10.  It is the story of the Greatest Commandment and the Good Samaritan.  My family did a three part series on this story last year, and thought it would be timely to share it again.  Here are the links to the three devotions:

The Greatest Commandment

The Good Samaritan, part 1

The Good Samaritan, part 2

Have fun feeding your family’s faith this week!

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The Good Samaritan, part 2: Luke 10

For the past two weeks, we have been working on the Greatest Commandment and the Parable of the Good Samaritan.  This week, it is time for the kids to become the teachers!  They will learn how to tell the story with the popsicle stick puppets they made last week, and the story will go from their head to their heart.  Enjoy feeding your family’s faith this week!

Supplies:  God Time pillows, candle and holder (see “Gathering,” below), My First Hands-On Bible or a family Bible with this story, access to the internet, a copy of the activity sheet printed on cardstock for each person, popsicle sticks, glue, crayons or markers for coloring.

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 “The Good Samaritan” in the First Hands On Bible, your Bible, or you can check out this version: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+10%3A25-37&version=ERV

Read the whole story this week.  You can do the activities in My First Hands On Bible, if you wish.

Discuss:  Review the Greatest Commandment from last week.  You can refresh your memory in the song section, below.

Ask your kids to tell you the story that you just read again.  Who was a helper?  Who was not a helper?

 Song:  The Greatest Commandment with Actions

This week’s song is a review of last week.  My family thought that it was so important that it needed to be reinforced again this week.  Here are the words with actions:

What is the greatest commandment? (shrug with palms up)
Love (arms crossed over your heart)
the Lord your God (point to heaven)
with all your heart (point to heart)
and all your mind (point to head)
and all your soul (sign language for Holy Spirit in front of your heart, left hand palm up,
right hand rising in tornado fashion from left hand)
and all your strength (muscleman arms)
and your neighbor as yourself (shake hands with someone nearby).

Repeat this until you have it down.  I promise that it will stick with you!

Activity:  Popsicle Stick Puppet Show 
Get out the popsicle stick puppets that you made last week (If you are just joining us this week, see last week’s post for the first activity).  Here is a pic of the completed project:

Completed Good Samaritan Puppets

It’s time to let the kids be the star of the show!  Here is a sample script of the show, if you don’t feel comfortable telling it off the cuff:

Good Samaritan Puppet Show Script

At first, I told the story and let my daughter show the story with the puppets.  Here is our amateur video of the story:

After doing this a few times, she decided that she could tell the story and do the puppets.  Unfortunately, I did not catch this on video. Of course, we had to send the video we did make to grandparents and we watched it again and again.  This time I didn’t mind, because it is now a story from the Bible that she can tell by heart!  Enjoy making your own puppet shows and videos as you feed your family’s faith! 

Prayer:  (You can do this all together, or as a “repeat after me” prayer, depending on reading ability) Dear Jesus, we thank you for those who are willing to help people in need.  Help us also to become like them, and like you.  In your name we pray, Amen.

The Good Samaritan, part 1: Luke 10

Last week, we learned the Greatest Commandment according to Jesus.  This week, we will continue the story and learn the answer to the question “Who is my neighbor?” in the first of a two part devotion on the Parable of the Good Samaritan.  Have fun feeding your family’s faith this week through Family God Time!

Supplies:  God Time pillows, candle and holder (see “Gathering,” below), My First Hands-On Bible or a family Bible with this story, access to the internet, a copy of the activity sheet printed on cardstock for each person, popsicle sticks, glue, crayons or markers for coloring.

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 “The Good Samaritan” in the First Hands On Bible, your Bible, or you can check out this version: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+10%3A25-37&version=ERV

Read the whole story this week.  You can do the activities in My First Hands On Bible, if you wish.

Discuss:  Review the Greatest Commandment from last week.  You can refresh your memory down below in the song section.

Ask your kids to tell you the story that you just read again.  Who was a helper?  Why?  Who was not a helper? Why not?

Song:  The Greatest Commandment with Actions

My kids liked doing this so well that they rejected the song that I had picked out in favor of doing last week’s memorization again.  Here are the words with actions:

What is the greatest commandment? (shrug with palms up)

Love (arms crossed over your heart)

the Lord your God (point to heaven)

with all your heart (point to heart)

and all your mind (point to head)

and all your soul (sign language for Holy Spirit in front of your heart, left hand palm up,

right hand rising in tornado fashion from left hand)

and all your strength (muscleman arms)

and your neighbor as yourself (shake hands with someone nearby).

Repeat this until you have it down.  I promise that it will stick with you!

Activity:  Print out the activity sheets on heavy paper, one copy per person.

You can find them here: Good Samaritan Puppet Show

Let everyone color them as they wish, cut them out, and attach them to popsicle sticks.  Here is a pic of this project in process (it was too nice outside to color inside!):

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Because there are so many characters, it took much longer for them to be colored than I anticipated.  That’s why this week’s devotion is part one of two!  Let them take their time with decorating them, and then put them in a safe place.  We will continue the fun next week!

Prayer:  (You can do this all together, or as a “repeat after me” prayer, depending on reading ability) Dear Jesus, we thank you for those who are willing to help people in need.  Help us also to become like them, and like you.  In your name we pray,  Amen.

The Greatest Commandment: Luke 10:25-28

Supplies:  God Time pillows, candle and holder (see “Gathering,” below), My First Hands-On Bible or a family Bible with this story, access to the internet, a copy of the activity sheet printed on card stock for each person, a hole punch, yarn or string, crayons or markers for coloring.

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 “The Good Samaritan” in the First Hands On Bible, your Bible, or you can check out this version: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+10%3A25-28&version=ERV

STOP after Jesus tells the man about the greatest commandment.  We will get to the story of the Good Samaritan over the next couple of weeks!

Discuss:  According to Jesus, who are we supposed to love?  How much are we supposed to love them?  How much do you love your parents?  How much do they love you?  How much does God love you?

Song:  The Greatest Commandment with Actions

This week’s song is not so much a song as a fun way to memorize this passage.  Here are the words with actions:

What is the greatest commandment? (shrug with palms up)
Love (arms crossed over your heart)
the Lord your God (point to heaven)
with all your heart (point to heart)
and all your mind (point to head)
and all your soul (sign language for Holy Spirit in front of your heart,
left hand palm up, right hand rising in tornado fashion from left hand)
and all your strength (muscleman arms)
and your neighbor as yourself (shake hands with someone nearby).

Repeat this until you have it down.  I promise that it will stick with you!

Activity:  Print out the activity sheet on heavy paper, one copy per person.

You can find it here:  The Greatest Commandment Mobile

Let everyone color them as they wish, cut them out, punch holes in the top and bottom of each piece, and attach to one another with yarn or string.  As you color them and put them together, reinforce the greatest commandment for your kids.  Here are some pics of our finished products:

Greatest Commandment Mobile 2    Greatest Commandment Mobile 1

Hang them up someplace in your house where you will see them often and can remind each other about Jesus’ words.

Prayer:  (You can do this all together, or as a “repeat after me” prayer, depending on reading ability) Dear Jesus, we thank you for the greatest commandment.  Help us to love you with all our hearts (point to heart), and all our minds (point to head), and all our souls (Holy Spirit sign in front of heart), and all our strength (muscleman arms), and our neighbors as ourselves (shake hands).  Amen.

The Ten Commandments: Exodus 20

In my parish, this week will be Confirmation Sunday for our 8th grade youth.  Part of what they had to learn as a part of confirmation class was the Ten Commandments, because it is the first section of Luther’s Small Catechism.  Even if your children are younger than eighth grade, it never hurts to learn the rules.  Enjoy learning and growing together!

Supplies:  God Time pillows, candle and holder (see “Gathering,” below), My First Hands-On Bible (or other children’s or family Bible), Access to the internet, cardstock, markers

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 the story of the Ten Commandments from Exodus 20 from My First Hands-On Bible or another children’s or family Bible.  If you are using the My First Hands-On Bible, feel free to do the activities described there.  If you don’t have one, check out this version: Exodus 20:1-17

Discuss:  Which of these commandments is the easiest to follow?  The hardest to follow?  Why?  Are there any of these commandments that you want to work harder to follow?  How can your family help you with this?

Song:   The Ten Commandment Song: Here is a song that I wrote and would love to share with you.  When my kids were still learning this, they sang the “I am the Lord Your God” refrain, and I sang the commandments.  We added one every few times until we could switch parts.

Activities:  My older daughter is working on learning to write out numbers, so we traced the Ten Commandment tablets onto card stock and let her cut them out and number them.  Our younger daughters decorated them.  We put them on the shelf next to the television in the living room so that we would remember to work on keeping the commandments.  Here is a picture of the finished products:

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Prayer:  (You can do this all together, or as a “repeat after me” prayer, depending on reading ability) Dear God, we thank you helping us to know the rules.  Help us to follow them, and forgive us when we do not.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.