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Jacob and Rachel (At Home for May 24th)

sojournkids at homeHappy Mother’s Day! This week’s SojournKids Bible lesson was “Jacob and Rachel” (Genesis 29). Use the questions below to review it with your kids. You can also review the weekly North Star Catechism (below) and monthly SWORD Bible Memory (back).

READ Genesis 29 or Story 19 in the Gospel Story Bible

ASK: Laban wanted to pay Jacob for his work. What did Jacob choose for his payment? Jacob chose Rachel. He wanted to marry her.

ASK: Why did Jacob choose Rachel? Rachel had a lovely figure and was beautiful (Genesis 29:17), and Jacob loved her. He said he’d work seven years if he could marry Rachel.

ASK: Why did God choose Leah? The Bible doesn’t tell us. It just tells us that when God saw Leah was unloved, he had compassion on her and gave her children (Genesis 29:31). God chooses surprising people.

Check out the daily devotionals that correspond with this week’s lesson in Long Story Short by Marty Machowski, week 19.  This week’s North Star catechism question is…

32.  What is sin? Sin is saying “No” to God and doing what we want instead of what God wants.

1 John 3:4 Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.

Jacob’s Dream (At Home for May 17th)

sojournkids at homeHappy Mother’s Day! This week’s SojournKids Bible lesson was “Jacob’s Dream” (Genesis 28). Use the questions below to review it with your kids. You can also review the weekly North Star Catechism (below) and monthly SWORD Bible Memory (back).

READ Genesis 28 or Story 18 in the Gospel Story Bible

ASK: Why was Jacob afraid? Jacob was afraid because God visited him in a dream. Jacob had lied to his father and deceived his brother. He may have been afraid that God would punish him.

ASK: What did God show Jacob in his dream? God showed Jacob a stairway to heaven with angels climbing up and down. It showed that God would make a way for people on earth to get to heaven.

ASK: What did Jesus say about the way to heaven? Jesus said, “I am the way.” “You will see heaven opened and angels ascending and descending on the Son of Man” (John 1:51).

Check out the daily devotionals that correspond with this week’s lesson in Long Story Short by Marty Machowski, week 18.  This week’s North Star catechism question is…

31.  If no one can obey God’s law, why did God give it? God gave us the law to show us his goodness, to show us our sin, and to show us we need Jesus.

John 5:39 You study the Scriptures diligently, because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me.

Jacob’s Lie (At Home for May 10th)

sojournkids at homeHappy Mother’s Day! This week’s SojournKids Bible lesson was “Jacob’s Lie” (Genesis 27). Use the questions below to review it with your kids. You can also review the weekly North Star Catechism (below) and monthly SWORD Bible Memory (back).

READ Genesis 27 or Story 17 in the Gospel Story Bible

ASK: What does it mean to tell a lie? We tell a lie when we do not tell the truth.

ASK: What did Jacob do to deceive his father? He pretended to be his brother Esau by dressing up like him. What did Jacob get from his father? The special blessing intended for the oldest son.

ASK: Are you ever tempted to lie? How?

ASK: Does God ever lie? No. He is the God of truth (John 16:3).

Check out the daily devotionals that correspond with this week’s lesson in Long Story Short by Marty Machowski, week 17.  This week’s North Star catechism question is…

29.  Why does God tell us, “You shall not covet”?  So we will be content with what we have.

Philippians 4:11  I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.

May 2015 Assembly Liturgy

NOTE:  Sojourn Kids playlist can be found at this link:  Playlist

Leader 1: Let’s sing some of our favorite worship songs together! Who can tell me some of the reasons we praise God? (Take 3-4 answers) Those are just some of the reasons God is so good and worthy of our praise!  Let’s sing to Him!

“Clap Your Hands” by T.J. Hester and Justin Schaeffer (c) 2012 Sojourn Community Church

Leader 2: Our memory verse this month is Psalm 145:8!  “The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.”

  • May 3: This verse tells us some wonderful things about God. What does it mean to be gracious? (Affirm or guide their answers: “forgiving” “giving us the love and favor we don’t deserve and haven’t earned”)
  • May 10: What does it mean that God is compassionate? (Affirm or guide their answers: “He cares about us” “He has experienced everything that we have experienced”)
  • May 17: This verse tells us some wonderful things about God. What does it mean to be slow to anger? (Affirm or guide their answers: “God is patient” “God gives us second chances”)
  • May 24: What does it mean that God is rich in love? (Affirm or guide their answers: “God’s love doesn’t run out!”)
  • May 31: When we know these things about God, what does it lead us to want to do? (Praise Him, be like Him, grown into his likeness.

Leader 1: That’s right! And because we know that God is at work, we can respond to Him in worship. We worship God with our voices, but we also worship God by giving: we give our money as a tithe, we give our time to serve our church and our neighbors, and we give up our desires and preferences for the sake of others, just like Jesus did for us. As we sing this next song about how God is our great Rescuer, you can bring your offering up to the front!

“You Alone Can Rescue”  by Matt Redman

Leader 1: You all are singing so well! It is so encouraging to all of us to hear many voices together praising God! Let’s keep singing out loud as we finish our assembly!

“Soar Like Eagles” by Seeds Family Worship

(Play the Catechism riff: G-F-G-F-G-F-G “Catechism!”)

Leader 2: Here is our question for this week! I’ll read the question and you will all read the answer together!

May 3: Why does God tell us, “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor?” So we will tell the truth as God does, and not speak evil of one another.

May 10: Why does God tell us, “You shall not covet?” So we will be content with what we have.

May 17: Who can obey God’s law? No one but Jesus can obey God’s law perfectly.

May 24: If no one can obey God’s law, why did he give it? God gave the law to show us his goodness, to show us our sin, and to show us we need Jesus.

May 31: What is sin? Sin is saying “No” to God and doing what we want instead of what God wants.

Leader 2: Let’s pray! Bow your heads and fold your hands as we talk to God! Father, thank you that you are gracious, compassionate, slow to anger, and rich in love. You have shown us your love by forgiving our sin and showing us grace. Help us to be more like you as you give us the strength! Holy Spirit, help us to listen to your words as you teach us today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Jacob and Esau (At Home for May 3rd)

sojournkids at homeThis week’s SojournKids Bible lesson was “Jacob and Esau” (Genesis 25). Use the questions below to review it with your kids. You can also review the weekly North Star Catechism (below).

READ Genesis 25:19-34 or Story 16 in the Gospel Story Bible

ASK: How were the two brothers different?  Esau was red and hairy and loved to hunt.  Jacob was a quiet man who stayed at home.  Who would you want to be like, Esau or Jacob?

ASK: Why did Esau sell his birthright?  He was hungry.  What did he sell it for?  A bowl of stew.

ASK: How are we sometimes like Esau?  Every time we disobey God’s law we make a foolish decision, trading obedience for disobedience.

Check out the daily devotionals that correspond with this week’s lesson in Long Story Short by Marty Machowski, week 16.  This week’s North Star catechism question is…

29.  Why does God tell us, “You shall not covet”?  So we will be content with what we have.

Philippians 4:11  I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.

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