We are blessed when...

SUNDAY IS COMING
Jesus said God’s Kingdom was upside down, inside out and back to front to what we might expect.
SEE BELOW FOR SOMETHING TO WEAR THIS SUNDAY TO SHOW THIS IDEA.
Children will sign in before the service and have their worship and story and activities and playing in their groups.

TO READ TOGETHER
Matthew 5:1-12
Matthew’s Gospel has one of Jesus’ most famous sermons. It is called the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus was a master teacher, and people came from everywhere to learn from him. Our story this week is about this famous sermon, in which Jesus describes what it’s like to live in God’s kingdom. In God’s kingdom, we are blessed. We are blessed because we are loved by God.
This week’s theme is BLESSED. In the Beatitudes, Jesus taught the crowd about who was blessed by God. They were surprised to learn that those who struggle and suffer are blessed.

TO TALK ABOUT:
We can bless others by being kind and helpful. Brainstorm some ideas about how you can each do this in your family.

TO PRAY TOGETHER:
God of light,
Thank you for all of your blessings for us.
(Make a blessings list together)
All our prayers we give to you.
Amen.

GENEROUS GIVING:
God blesses those who are poor. 
Who could you help?
What could you give?
God uses his friends to do the blessing. How could you help?

UPSIDE DOWN, INSIDE OUT AND BACK TO FRONT
The Beatitudes are about an upside-down kingdom—not where struggles don’t exist, but where God pours out grace even in the midst of sorrow, poverty, and characteristics society tends to look down upon. Even young children can start to grasp that Jesus is with them not only when they’re happy, but when they’re sad; not only if they have plenty to eat, but if their family lacks food; not only when they have lots of friends, but also when kids are mean. Life is different for different people, but God’s blessings are for all.

DRESS UP SUNDAY: upside down, inside out, and back to front

Categories: Family Time, For Parents, Prayer, Story