Join us in worship this week as we consider the word IMPARTIALITY. Our Scripture passages for the rest of the summer come from the epistles, or letters, in the New Testament. Today’s lesson is from Romans 2:1-11. The apostle Paul writes to the young church in Rome, and seeks to correct some of their behaviors toward one another. The church was trying to worship as one body, but struggling with the diversity of its growing membership. Tolerance was in short supply, and judgment among the new Christians was common. Paul reminds them that God shows no impartiality: in God’s eyes, all are loved. Here are some ideas to explore with your child before, during, and after worship.
- Look around the worship space together. How many different kinds of people do you see? Old, young, tall, short, all colors of hair, all ages. What a variety of people here to worship God, and God loves ALL of us! Say a prayer with your child thanking God for creating and loving so many different kinds of people in the world.
- Check out the worship bulletin notes in the margins. Children are invited to find and circle all the times we pray out loud in the worship service. In the margin is space to write or draw a prayer to God. Does your child need an idea about what to pray? How about a prayer for fathers or grandfathers? Or a prayer for our youth who are on mission trips this week? (Middle schoolers are at the Heifer Ranch in Arkansas, and high schoolers are serving in Washington DC.)
- There is empty space this week in the worship bulletin. Have your child try “praying in color.” Help by drawing some simple shapes in the blank space. Invite your child to fill in a name or picture for each person they want to pray about. Color the shapes, add doodles, be creative. See the examples below.
- Check in the worship bags for a Worship Word sheet for your child. Fill in the worship word at the top (impartiality) and add the date and your child’s name. Below is space for your child to draw something he or she hears today in the sermon, in the music, or in a prayer.
- Below the drawing space, your child is invited to make tally marks every time they hear the worship word.
- On the back is a blank page for your child to make some worship art. Encourage them to draw something related to worship as a gift to God. I would love to see what they create, if they want to share!
Before or after worship…..
- Want more about Praying in Color? It’s a great way to pray for adults or kids, or as a family. Check out the books below or visit the website here.
- Note in the bulletin that our Outreach department is gathering a collection of used wallets to go to the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte. There is a collection bin in the welcome center. Invite your child to collect and give one in honor of a man in his or her life.
- Have you registered your child for Vacation Bible School yet? The deadline is Sunday the 15th! Find more info and a link to register here today.
- You might notice that the bulletin calls today ‘Trinity Sunday.’ It’s the Sunday where the church has historically celebrated the Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – three persons in one God. It’s a complicated theological puzzle. How can God be three and yet one? None of our human examples are completely satisfactory. God is a mystery! But you can approach it with children using some ordinary items. The Trinity has been likened to apple-slices-apple sauce-apple juice. All apples, but three different ways. Or consider the different parts of an apple: skin, flesh, seeds; or the different forms of liquid: water, ice, and steam. (Don’t push the metaphor too far, or you end up in church heresies from centuries past….but slice an apple for a snack and enjoy talking about it together anyway!)
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