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For Kids: King Solomon | Lectionary 17 (Pentecost 9) | Year A

Updated: Aug 3, 2023

Opening Song: The Apostles' Creed

Note: Today's lesson is based on 1 Kings 3:5-12 in the Lectionary readings.

Big Idea: We can be wise like Solomon by inviting God to live in us!

Story: "Solomon Builds the Temple" | Spark Story Bible, pg. 136

Ask: Solomon wanted to build a place for God to live among the people. Do we have temples for God today? (No...not even our church building is a temple...God doesn't live here) Where does God live? (He lives in us, which is why we are called God's temple)

We should be like Solomon, but instead of making a nice temple for God to live in, we make ourselves a nice place for God to live.

Let's learn a bit more about King Solomon and why he was important...

Lesson Video | Solomon Asks for Wisdom

Ask: If you could ask God for anything, what would you ask for? (Teacher, what would you ask for? - Share with the kids).

Do you know what wisdom is?

It's kind of like the ability to make good choices that are good for you and for everyone else too. Solomon wanted wisdom so he could lead God's people the right way.

Say: Even though Solomon was wise, he wasn't perfect. He still needed forgiveness from God and help from the Holy Spirit.

Let's be like Solomon and ask God to give us wisdom - but even more importantly, let's ask God to clean our hearts and make His home in our lives.

Song for Kids: Create in Me a Clean Heart

Activity Sheets or Play

After the song, hand out the activity sheets. Younger children are welcome to play with the Duplos (encourage them to play out a story that fits with the lesson).

End with the Lord's Prayer when the Usher comes to let you know the prayers have started.

(If you need more time)

  • Go around the room and ask the children to share something they are thankful for this week.

  • Ask them if there is anything or anyone they would like to pray for this week.

Ending Song: The Lord's Prayer

Children's Printable Activity Sheets & Songs

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