Hello Everyone! Have you had a good week?
This lesson is the last lesson in the series about the Lord's prayer, we hope that you've enjoyed it and had an opportunity to practice and memorize the prayer that Jesus taught us.
Before we get into our lesson today we're going to spend a bit of time singing these songs.
This weeks songs talk about how God forgives us, which is what we're learning about this week - forgiveness.
Stand up and join in these songs!
Today we’ll learn that saying “sorry” is part of prayer. When we do something wrong, we tell God we’re sorry and he forgives us. Later on we’ll also find out about a prayer a man named David said when he’d done something wrong. He’d made a big mess because of his sin.
Messes can be really hard to clean up. Like messes, sin is hard to clean up. Thankfully, God forgives us when we say we’re sorry for wrong things we do and we can ask God to forgive us anytime, anywhere.
Can you guys think of a time you had to say that you were sorry?
Let’s watch our friends Peanut and Biscuit when Biscuit has to say “sorry.”
What do you think is the worst thing Biscuit did to Peanut in this video?
Rowley said, “God says we can ask for forgiveness and make things right.” How does it feel to know you can always get God’s forgiveness?
If you were Peanut, would you have forgiven Biscuit? Why or why not?
Biscuit ruined Peanut’s birthday party. But he was sorry, and he apologized to Peanut. Peanut forgave him right away! You know, God will always forgive us, too. It doesn’t matter what we’ve done, God is always ready to forgive us.
Object lesson / Activity
· paper hearts (1 per child), · wax paper hearts (1 per child) · cotton swabs (1 or 2 per child) · cups of water · watercolor paints · tissues
Today we’re learning that Jesus showed us saying “sorry” is part of prayer. We say we’re sorry for our sins—the wrong things we all say and do. Sin can make our hearts feel sad and messy, and God helps us clean the mess of sin.
Paint on Paper Hearts
Give each child a paper heart, a cotton swab, and a tissue.
This is kind of like our hearts when we sin. Sin can make a mess of our hearts, and we can’t get them clean again—but God can. Let’s see what that’s like
Paint on Wax Hearts
The wax paper heart could always be wiped clean. That’s like our hearts when we tell God we’re sorry when we do wrong. God forgives us and wipes away messy sin. Saying we’re sorry helps us get along with our families, helps our friendships with others, and helps our friendship with God.
So as you know, we're learning that saying “sorry” is part of prayer. In today's bible lesson we're going to start by doing something to help us think about that, and for this activity we'll need some playdoh, a paper towel and a heart-shaped cookie cutter, if you have one.
When we think about our hearts, we think about how we feel, if we are happy or sad. How do you guys feel about your hearts today?
Now we're going to make a heart out of the playdough. (Encourage kids to flatten the dough with their hands. Help them use cookie cutters to cut out heart shapes from the dough)
God made perfect hearts inside of each one of us. But sometimes people do things that hurt our hearts.
(Have kids break apart their hearts a little.)
Sometimes we make wrong choices that hurt other people’s hearts. That makes us sad and hurts our own hearts, too. (Encourage kids to break or smash their hearts a little bit more.)
We might say something mean to someone in our family or a friend at school and that sin hurts our hearts.
(Lead kids to break or smash their hearts more.)
Or we might take something that’s not ours and that sin hurts our hearts. (Lead kids to break or smash their hearts more.)
Or we might kick or push our brother or sister and those sins hurt our hearts. (Lead kids to break or smash their hearts more.)
Take a look at how hurt your heart is! Does it even look like a heart still?
When we sin and make a wrong choice, it hurts God’s heart and it hurts our friendship with him. That hurts our hearts, too. Now we could cover up the broken parts so nobody can see them..... Let’s try and do that with a paper towel. (Give kids each a paper towel, and encourage them to cover up their hearts.)
Now other people can’t see the broken hearts, but the Bible reminds us that God can always see our hearts. It says in Psalm 139:1-3;
"Lord, you have examined me.
You know all about me.
You know when I sit down and when I get up.
You know my thoughts before I think them.
You know where I go and where I lie down.
You know well everything I do."
Is your heart different now that it’s under the paper towel? (Give kids a chance to respond.)
Even when we try to hide our sin, it doesn’t make our hearts better. They’re still broken. We can try to fix our own hearts. Let’s try to fix these hearts by ourselves. Encourage kids to try to make new hearts from the dough without using the cookie cutters.
We can’t fix our hearts and make them perfect again. But any time we make a wrong choice, we can tell God we’re sorry. Saying "sorry" is a part of prayer. God will always forgive us and when God forgives us, he doesn’t just cover up wrong choices we’ve made; he takes them away and he heals our hearts, making them new again.
Besides hurting our hearts, sin can also make us feel weighted down. What we mean is, when we do something wrong, it can make us feel sad or down. Usually we feel bad inside when we do something wrong, even if we don’t want to tell anyone.
(Give each child a rock or a can of something - not something too heavy. have kids walk in a circle, each holding the rock in the outside hand with arm stretched out)
At first we might think the wrong thing we did or said wasn’t a big deal, but the longer we carry it around—the longer we don’t say we’re sorry to God or to the people we hurt—the heavier it is. Let’s see how long we can hold these items that remind us of sin.
Are you feeling distracted by holding this heavy thing? we can’t really enjoy this walking around while we're carrying this “sin” around. (Continue until kids are asking to put their arms down. Have kids stop where they are)
There was a man in the Bible who talked about this. His name was David, and he’d done something he knew was wrong. Psalm 51: 1-3 says;
"God, be merciful to me because you are loving.
Because you are always ready to be merciful, to wipe out all my wrongs.
Wash away all my guilt and make me clean again.
I know about my wrongs. I can’t forget my sin."
David was saying he was sorry to God and asking for forgiveness from God. We can talk to God like that, too.
How do you feel now that you don’t have to hold that heavy thing anymore?
When we say we’re sorry to God, he frees us from carrying around the heavy weight of sin, kind of like how we put down our heavy items, and now we can continue on without carrying around anything heavy!
Today we learned that saying “sorry” is part of prayer. Sin can feel like a weight or like a heavy rock that we have to keep carrying around. Let’s talk to God now about sins that weigh us down and say we’re sorry to him.
We know that you are able to see each of our hearts, and even if no-one else knows, you know when we don’t share, when we aren’t kind, if we tell a lie, or we don’t listen to our parents or guardians. We’re sorry. Thank you for forgiving us, and for sending your son to the earth so that we can be friends with you.
The Lord's Prayer (that Jesus taught us)
"Our Father in heaven,
we pray that your name will always be kept holy.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today the food we need.
and forgive us of our sins,
just as we have forgiven those who did wrong to us.
Lead us not into temptation
but save us from the Evil One.
For yours is the kingdom, the power and the glory,
Forever and ever, Amen"
Supplies: Pipe cleaners (2 per child), Beads (optional), Bubble solution (or dish soap and water), paper plate(s), Paper towels.
It can be fun to get messy. Sometimes we get messy when we’re doing an art project or playing outside. After we’ve finished, we need to get cleaned up.
What’s your favorite way to get clean?
When we sin and make wrong choices, it’s like our hearts have something messy on them. If we tell God we’re sorry for the wrong things we do, he forgives us and wipes our hearts clean. That’s why saying “sorry” is part of prayer.
Let’s make something that uses soap to help us remember that God forgives us and makes our hearts clean.
1. Give each child two chenille wires. Have kids twist both ends of the wires together to form a circle. Then continue twisting one end up about 3 inches to form a handle.
2. Pour bubble solution (or make bubble mixture) onto plates.
3. Give kids some time to try out their bubble wands.
Most of the time, when we’re getting our bodies clean, we use soap like we used to make our bubbles. God cleans our hearts with his love and forgiveness. In the Bible, David knew that when he told God he was sorry, God would wash his heart clean. Psalm 51:7 says "Take away my sin, and I will be clean. Wash me, and I will be whiter than snow."
Like David, we can have our hearts washed clean, too. We just have to tell God we’re sorry and ask him to make our hearts clean.
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