Breathe in: I call upon you Jesus
Breath out: And you answer me
Worship Theme: "Forever"
Remember what we learned and put into practice last week?
Is anyone celebrating something that happened this week? Let’s share so we can all thank God together.
Is anyone struggling, feeling sad, lonely or scared? How can we pray for one another?
Practice the Following Jesus Liturgy (With our youngest kids only focus on the portion that we’re currently learning)
Leader: Because of the Gospel we receive the Gift. What is the Gift?
We are forgiven
We are freed
We are filled with the Holy Spirit
We are found in the Father and formed in Family
Reflect: John 3:14-16
Explore Key Concepts - All those who have sinned and look to Jesus will be healed of their sin and set free from their guilt. He forgives us and welcome us into His Kingdom FOREVER!
A very long time ago God's people were experiencing great suffering. At one point they were being bitten by snakes. They felt scared and many people were dying. Moses asked God how to save the people from the snake bites. God told him to take a brass snake, put it on a stick and lift it high for everyone to see. Then God did a miracle! Whenever anyone was bit by a snake they could look upon the snake that was on the stick and God would heal them!
Many many years later God did something similar for his people. But it wasn't to heal a snake bite, it was to heal our sin. Now, all those who've sinned can look upon Jesus who was raised up on the cross. Whoever looks to Him to be healed will be forgiven of their sin and receive the promise of eternal life. That means we get to be with Him forever!
Watch: Moses and the Brass Serpent (This video is an excellent explanation for young kids of the story of God's people in Numbers 21. Navah does not endorse every Latter Day Kids video).
Discover through curious questions:
Ask the children what stood out to them. What did they like about the story? Was anything new or different than how they’d heard the story in the past? Allow the conversation to be led by their questions, insights, and wonderments.
What does it mean to "look upon Jesus"? How do we do that when we can't see Him?
Have you ever "looked to" or asked Jesus to help you? When and how?
Respond: John 3:14-16
Experience: The Saints who Cheer us On!
The Bible says that when we look to Jesus we will be with Him for eternity. That means forever! Even after we die we get the gift of eternal life, to enjoy God and our family and church for all time.
Do you have anyone close to you that has died and is with Jesus? Maybe a grandparent, a family friend, aunt or uncle? Did you know that the Bible says they are cheering us on from heaven! How cool is that?! We may not hear them, but we know in our hearts that they are with Jesus and they are cheering for us to love Jesus too! (Hebrews 12)
Draw a picture/portrait of someone you know who is now with Jesus. If you don't know anyone, draw a picture of a famous saint (Paul, Joan of Arc, Moses, Mother Theresa, Noah, John the Baptist). Show the saints (those who are with Jesus now) cheering on God's Church, His people, US!
Encounter: PRAY and Worship
Read Hebrews 12:1-2
We have nothing to fear. God is the same yesterday today and forever and His love for us never changes! He wants us to succeed, be filled with His Spirit and be with Him forever. Let's look to Him in prayer and say thank you for the promise of eternal life.
Pray: You may want to open in prayer and then make space for the kids to pray.
Play the song by Brooke Pointdexter. Encourage everyone to get up and get moving, responding to the call to "Come on! Be who you are." "We're the sons and daughters, that water walkers. No fear can shake us. No lie can break us. Only you can make us be who we are."