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Sunday School @ Home-3rd Sunday After Epiphany, January 23, 2022

Bible Passage
3rd Sunday after Epiphany (Luke 4:14-21)

Today we hear about a time when Jesus was teaching in a synagogue in his hometown in Nazareth. A synagogue is a holy place where people pray and worship God. Jesus said something that made the people so mad that they chased him out of the building!

Watch the video to find out what Jesus said that made the people so mad:

Jesus was teaching the people about God’s love. He told them that God loved everyone. That made the people angry because they believed that there were some people that God didn’t love, people who were different than they were or who had problems or who weren’t as rich as they were. Jesus told them that they were wrong that God loves everyone. That made them so angry with Jesus that they chased him out of the building.

We know that Jesus is right and the people were wrong. God does love everyone. It doesn’t matter if we are different or have problems or have lots of money or don’t have any. God loves each of us just the way we are. God created us and made each of us as special and unique people.

God loves each of us and calls us to love and serve others.

Discuss

Who does God love?
What makes you angry?
How can you love and serve others?

Song

Praise Your Name. Go Fish Guys. (Go ahead and do the motions!)

Activity

Make a rainbow heart suncatcher. Find the instructions at https://www.firefliesandmudpies.com/rainbow-heart-suncatchers/

Hearts are a symbol that often remind us of love. This heart can remind you of Jesus’ love for everyone – including you!

Activity

Jesus’ love is for everyone. Download this sheet that has some simple ideas about how you might share Jesus’ love with other.https://iksynod.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/6almostnonprepkindnessquests.pdf

Closing Prayer

Loving God, we thank you for the gift of your Son Jesus who taught us that you love everyone. Help us to love others as you do. Amen.

Pastor Dan Fugate, Assistant to the Bishop for Discipleship in the Indiana-Kentucky Synod, ELCA, put this lesson together for Sunday School @ Home. There will be a new one for each Sunday as we continue through this COVID wilderness. Contact him at dfugate@iksynod.org.