The Word for July 27: Salvation

salvationThis week in worship  we consider the word SALVATION. The New Testament reading is from Ephesians 2: 8-10:  “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God–not the result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.”

Here are some ideas to explore with your child before, during, and after worship.

During worship

  • Check out the worship bulletin notes in the margins. There is a Children’s Note each week.
  • Check in the worship bags for a Worship Word sheet for your child. Fill in the worship word at the top (salvation) 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.tally marks
  • 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…..

  • It’s difficult to explain the meaning of salvation to a child. They can understand saving something: either because you want to use it later, or to save something or someone from harm. But to be able to translate that into what God has done for us in Christ Jesus, through his life and death and resurrection, is a deeply complex theological task. In our Reformed tradition we emphasize that salvation is something God does. God initiates faith in us, and we respond. Our salvation doesn’t depend on us making a decision to accept Jesus. Our salvation comes from God’s act in and through Jesus.
  • One of my colleagues likes to say this: “There is nothing you can do to make God love you more, and there is nothing you can do to make God love you less.” This is a worthwhile message to repeat to children.
  • This is a good word to explore by rereading both the Christmas story and the Easter story from a children’s Bible. Talking about God’s saving love for us in Jesus, without all the distractions of the holidays, can help new insights emerge in old familiar stories.

Finally, check out our website, and our Facebook page to learn about all our activities for Children and Families here. Start here.

 

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