Join us in worship this week as we consider the word FAITH. We’ll hear some words about the faith of Abraham from Genesis 15:1-6, and then this verse for the letter to the Hebrews: “Now FAITH is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1) Here are some ideas to explore with your child before, during, and after worship.
- Check out the worship bulletin notes in the margins. Children are invited to draw a star on their worship bulletin every time they hear or read the words “God” or “faith” in worship. God told childless Abraham that one day he would have as many descendants as there are stars in the sky. Abraham and his wife Sarah had FAITH, and trusted God, and their family grew and grew.
- In the Sanctuary, take a look at the window of the Patriarchs, second from the front on the lecturn side. Can your child find a picture of Abraham looking up at the stars in the sky, and listening to God’s promise?
- Check in the worship bags for a Worship Word sheet for your child. Fill in the worship word at the top (faith) 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…..
- Talk about faith with your child. Carolyn Brown says this about faith: “…faith is not something we think but the way we live. It is more a verb than a noun. Faith is a lot like trust. When we trust our parents we jump into their arms in the swimming pool knowing they will catch us and we will be safe. When we trust God we follow God’s rules faithing that God is in charge and is working things out for good in the world.” Talk together about the “faithing” you are doing as an adult, and as a family.
- Read together the story of God’s promise to Abraham and Sarah. You will find it in many children’s Bibles. If you have the Spark Story Bible, it starts on page 30.
- Follow the reading by some time staring at the stars together. Find a spot dark enough to really see some stars. Put down a blanket, turn off the lights, and look and listen together. Imagine the size of Abraham’s family these many years since then! Too many to count, just like the stars! God keeps God’s promises!
- Here’s are two brief videos reviewing the story of Abraham and Sarah. Watch them together and talk about having faith, and having to wait…. Enjoy!
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