SUNDAY IS COMING
Children will sign in before the service and have their worship and story and activities and playing in their groups. This week’s theme is HELP. The Israelites thought they needed to fast from food to worship God. But worshipping God can happen in lots of ways like when we help each other.
TO READ TOGETHER
Isaiah was a prophet who delivered messages from God to God’s people. Isaiah has his own book in the Old Testament! In this part of Isaiah, God reminds the people that they need to help each other every day.
This is a long passage calling us to make God’s priorities ours as well. Overturning injustice, loosing the bonds of oppression, feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, giving clothes to the naked—this is what God cares about. In fact, it is a unique characteristic of the God of Israel to care so much about the neighbour in need. Neighbour love is central to Jesus’ message. The most important thing to God is how we treat our employees, our neighbours, and those who wait on us in restaurants and stores.
TO TALK ABOUT:
How do we help each other in our family?
How can we help other people outside our family?
TO PRAY TOGETHER
God of light, Thank you for all the people who love and help us.
(Tell God about some specific people) All our prayers we give to you. Amen.
TO DO TOGETHER:
Make a list of people whose jobs help people in our community, such as firefighters or teachers. Send a thank you note to someone in our community with one of these helping jobs.
WHAT ABOUT FASTING?
This passage has a lot about fasting. This might be a brand new concept to your kids. Try not to overemphasize this topic. While fasting is one type of spiritual discipline, the idea behind this scripture is that God is more interested in our heart for our neighbour than our outward displays of worship.