Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Sunday School

Early morning sunshine filters through the trees illuminating our gazebo classroom. It’s 8:45 on Sunday morning and my third week of teaching Sunday School to a group of 6 middle schoolers.

Today our theme is praise and we are studying two Bible passages; Psalm 118:19-29 and Matthew 21:1-11. The students, divided into a group of boys and a group of girls, take turns reading verses from each passage. Their voices are carried by the breeze and the songs of the birds rousting in the surrounding trees echo their praise.

Both passages have a similar line “Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord” (Psalm 118:26 and Matthew 21:9) Praise. What does it mean and why are we to praise Jesus?

When both groups are finished reading their assigned passage we gather together around the table to discuss the passages and answer questions; How are the passages similar? How are they different? What does it mean to praise Jesus? What can we learn from these passages about why Jesus deserves our praise?

Then we look at each passage verse by verse and discuss what the words mean. After the discussion we take a snack break before beginning our weekly activities. One of the activities for today is sharing a pen with a partner and copying a Bible verse.

This proves to be a very difficult, painstaking task. What is this supposed to teach us? How we can’t serve two masters. It’s a very interesting analogy and leads to some lively discussion in the pre-teen group.

At the end of our hour long session we close with singing and prayer. As the sweet strains of “Take my life and let it be,” float upward, I take a moment to pray. Let our lives and everything we have truly be consecrated to Thee, Lord.

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