SUNDAY IS COMING
Children will sign in before the service and have their worship and story and activities and playing in their groups.
TO READ TOGETHER
There are two main themes in this text: God’s covenant with Israel, and the transcendence and general awesomeness of God. The story is dramatic and full of astounding detail. God’s glory settles on the mountain, but it is too much for mere mortals to take in, so there is cloud cover. God’s presence is shrouded in mystery, and God’s glory is communicated to the people by Moses.
While we often think of God as a loving friend—and indeed, God is that— it’s important to remember that God is holy in a way we are not. God is immeasurably greater than people are, more powerful, more glorious— but also more grace-filled and life-giving.
Kids see dark clouds and fire as indications of danger. Help kids understand that in this story, it was God’s presence that turned this particular fire and thunder into something amazing rather than something harmful. Moses was protected by the presence of God!
TO LEARN TOGETHER:
The heavens tell of the Glory of God.
TO TALK ABOUT:
God’s glory doesn’t always have to be seen on a mountain. Where else do you think we see God’s glory?
TO PRAY TOGETHER:
God of light,
We know you love all of us.
Please be with these people we love.
(Kids offer prayers for people they love.)
All of our prayers we give to you. Amen.
TO DO TOGETHER:
Make a cloud
Create a cloud using a glass jar with lid, water, hairspray, and ice cubes. Ask an adult to pour 1/3 cup hot water into a jar. Spray the inside with hairspray. Fill the upside-down lid with ice and place on top of the jar. Watch as the cloud forms.
Build a mountain
Create a sculpture of a mountain using your recycling and paper and tape etc