October 21, 2020

JESUS LOVES ME

We are going to spend October and November talking about how much Jesus loves us. This will lead us into December when we will do Advent and talk about how the birth of Jesus was a gift that further demonstrated God’s love for us. Then in January we will talk about how the fact that Jesus/God loves us, enables and encourages us to love others.

Week 2 - Jesus healed the man with leprosy (Matthew 8:1-4) (Jesus took the time to attend to the man in the crowd)

Matthew 8:1-4. When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy. Then Jesus said to him, “See that you don’t tell anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”

Things to Talk About

1. When Jesus was teaching he was almost always followed by big crowds. This story starts after Jesus had spent time talking to a really big crowd. The crowd was so large that Jesus went up on a hill so that it would be easier for people to see him. After spending much of the day teaching, he came down from where he had been speaking and the crowds still followed him. It was with all of those people around that a man with leprosy, which is a serious skin disease, came to Jesus. It was really scary for the man with leprosy to come to Jesus because people who had that disease were not supposed to be around other people. But this man really wanted to be healed.

2. Other people in the crowd would have yelled at the man and told him to go away, they would have been very mean to him and treated him badly. They would have only seen that the man was sick, they would not have treated him with kindness like Jesus did. Are there other kids in your school or in your neighborhood who are not treated very nicely? How do you think Jesus would treat those children?

3. After the man said to Jesus, “if you are willing, you can make me clean, ”Jesus reached out and touched him. This was a big deal because the skin disease that the man had was contagious, so people never touched someone with leprosy because
they were afraid they would get leprosy, too. But Jesus touched him. Right now we aren’t supposed to hug other people (besides our families) – people don’t shake hands or hug each other at church like they used to, because we don’t want to spread germs. Jesus knew that leprosy was contagious, but it was important to Jesus that he touch the man. It’s hard to not hug friends because are so used to hugging people. Think of your teachers who give you a hug when you do a good job, or your parents who hug you when you are sad. Hugging, holding hands, even fist bumps are all ways that we connect with others. Jesus was all about connecting with everyone – whether they were sick or healthy.

4. Jesus healed the man – the leprosy was gone. The man did not have to live apart from everyone anymore. He could go back and live with his family and be with his friends.

In this story we see how important it was to Jesus to help everyone, whether they were healthy or sick; whether they were welcomed by others or not – Jesus welcomes and loves everyone.

ACTIVITIES

1. People with leprosy often lost the ability to feel because the nerves in their fingertips were damaged. If you have them, put on a pair of rubber gloves, gardening gloves or even just a pair of winter gloves. Now try buttoning a shirt, or using a fork or spoon – is it hard to do?

2. We are all being careful about not being around others and it’s not easy; we can’t see some of our family members or be with some of our friends. What are some ways that we can connect to people without being in the same room?

WOW Songs

Jesus Loves Me!
Jesus loves me! This I know,
For the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to him belong.
They are weak but he is strong.
Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so.
Jesus loves me! This I know,
As he loved so long ago,
Taking children on his knee,
Saying, “Let them come to me.”
Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so.

We Will Walk with God
We will walk with God, my brothers; we will walk with God.
We will walk with God, my sisters; we will walk with God.
We will go rejoicing till the kingdom has come.
We will go rejoicing till the kingdom has come.
Si-zo-ham-ba na-ye, wo wo wo, si-zo-ham-ba na-ye.
Si-zo-ham-ba na-ye, wo wo wo, si-zo-ham-ba na-ye.
Ngom-hla wen-ja-bu-la, si-zo-ham-ba na-ye
Ngom-hla wen-ja-bu-la, si-zo-ham-ba na-ye

O God, You Are My God (Step by Step)
O God, you are my God, and I will ever praise you.
O God, you are my God, and I will ever praise you.
I will seek you in the morning, and I will learn to walk in your ways.
And step by step you’ll lead me,
And I will follow you all of my days.

God is So Good

God is so good, God is so good
God is so good God’s so good to me.
God cares for me, God cares for me,
God cares for me, God’s so good to me.
God answers prayers…
God is so good…

Amazing Day
Thank you God, for this amazing day.
Thank you God, for work and play;
For friends and family, and animals too,
On this amazing day.
Look around us here,
See God’s Holy Spirit everywhere
There’s happiness, gentleness, love, peace, joy
Overflowing for all to see.
Thank you God, for this amazing day.
Thank you God, for work and play;
For friends and family, and animals too,
On this amazing day.

 WOW Recipe of the Week

From Mrs. Keenan's kitchen!

For my 2nd installment from Chez Jeanmarie’s Octater Month recipe is Hotdish!! Yum. Who doesn’t like tater tots and doesn’t love a casserole you can make and pop in the oven to cook while you check homework or chat on the phone with a friend. A good full-bodied red wine would be yummy with this but of course that’s me but you can skip!

HOTDISH TATER CASSEROLE

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup green beans frozen
  • 1 cup sweet corn frozen
  • 2 cans of cream of mushroom soup
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 32 oz tater tots frozen
  • 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese shredded

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until tender and fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add ground beef and cook until no longer pink. Drain grease from pan and add salt and pepper to onions and beef.

Add green beans, corn, soup, ketchup and Worcestershire sauce to the skillet. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes and pour in an even layer into prepared baking dish.

Top with the tater tots (in a single layer), followed by the cheese. Bake in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes or until tater tots are lightly browned and cheese is melted.

*** Notes To add a bit of spice to the dish, add 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper to the beef onion mixture. Cream of chicken or cream of celery soup can replace cream of mushroom. 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder would be a great addition to the beef mixture. Ground turkey or sausage would be excellent replacement options for ground beef or skip the meat altogether to make it a meatless dish!

ACTIVITIES ARCHIVE