Opening Song: The Apostles' Creed
Note: Today's lesson is based on Matthew 18:15-20 in the Lectionary readings.
Big Idea: When we do wrong to someone, we need to say "sorry".
Story: Prayer of Confession
Each week in service, we begin by telling God that we are sorry. Some big words are used in the service, so we're going to say a version for kids:
God of Love, I know that sometimes I do things that are wrong. Those things hurt your feelings and hurt the feelings of my friends and family.
Sometimes, I forget to love you and love others.
I want to tell You that I am sorry and ask You to forgive me. Show me how to act more like Jesus.
Question: When you pray at home, do you ever say sorry to God?
Lesson Video | Saying I'm Sorry
VeggieTales - Forgiveness
Ask: When have you said sorry to someone else? ... Was there a time when you didn't want to say sorry?
Say: In the Bible, Jesus tells us that it is very important to say sorry. If we don't say sorry, then we aren't acting like Jesus.
Song for Kids: Every Move I Make
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.