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For Kids: Saying Sorry | Lectionary 23 (Pentecost 15) | Year A

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.

Ending Song: The Lord's Prayer

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