Opening Song: The Apostles' Creed
Note: Today's lesson is based on Matthew 21:33-46 in the Lectionary readings.
Big Idea: God sent Jesus to us, so we should listen to Him!
Story: Parable of the Vineyard - Spark Story Bible, p. 302
Question: What kind of people help you to learn about God and listen to Him?
Lesson Video | Jesus is Alive
Ask: In the video, who were the people who listened to Jesus? (the 12 Disciples and the Women Disciples).
When we follow Jesus and listen to Him, what did they guy at the end of the video say happens? (We are forgiven for the wrong things we do).
Jesus told us a lot of things and we learn about them each week. What's the most important thing He told us to do? (Love God and love others).
Say: The people in the story we read didn't listen to Jesus. They thought that they knew better than God. Can you know better than God? ... I didn't think so. No one can know better than God. And no one could like a perfect life like Jesus lived. That's why we listen to Jesus - because Jesus is God and He knows the best way to live!
Do you know what another word for listening is? Obey. To obey means to both listen and to do what we are told to do. So, let's sing a song about obeying.
Song for Kids: Obey, Obey The Lord
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.