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Take My Hand, Lord

How does your faith influence your citizenship?

Isaiah tells us that God grasped Cyrus's hand. In a way God takes our hand, too. Do you feel safe with God holding your hand? Is God congratulating you with a handshake? Or leading you somewhere beyond where you are? Is God showing you that he cares for you, or that you are loved?

Write a prayer telling how you feel to have God take your hand.

Give Thanks

St. Paul tells his friends that he thanks God for them and prays for them, thanking God for their faith, hope, and laboring in love. Think of someone who labors in love for you, who works hard for you, helps you, believes in you, and hopes for only the best for you. Write this person's name, and what you could say to be thankful to them, the way St. Paul did.

Make this into a thank you card for the one you are thinking of, or into a poster you could give them.

Trick Questions

Jesus was asked a trick question and gave a good answer. Here are three trick questions. Can you give good answers?

1 What difference does it make if I cheat? No one knows.

2. Why do I have to be told what to do? I can think for myself.

3. All the popular people have a lot of money. Does money mean everything?

Quilt of Names

In Isaiah's reading, we are told that God calls Cyrus by name to do his will. God also calls each of us by name to do his will.

Make a name quilt. Write each child's name on a 6" by 6" square of construction paper in bubble letters. Let the children color and decorate their names. Place the name squares together on a bulletin board to form a quilt.

Belonging to God

The gospel reading for this Sunday is Matthew 22:15-21. Re-read the passage to the children. Then emphasize that as children of God we belong to him.

Teach the following song sung to the tune of "Here We Go 'Round the Mulberry Bush."

We're children of God; we belong to him;
We belong to him; we belong to him.
We're children of God; we belong to him,
And give him our love each day.


Gather the children and have them join hands to form a circle. Invite them to turn in a circle as they sing the words above. Then have the children take turns going into the middle of the circle and acting out one way we can show God our love: fold hands in prayer, move arms as if sweeping, move one arm or hand as if writing. As each child is doing the action, have the other children sing the following verse:

This is the way we show God our love,
Show God our love, show God our love.
This is the way we show God our love
Each and every day.

 









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