This week we continued our kids November series Recipe for Thanks, where preschoolers are exploring the ingredients for a grateful heart!
Memory Verse: “I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart.” Psalm 111:1, ESV
Key Question: Who can you thank for everything?
Bottom Line: I can thank God for everything.
Basic Truth: God made me.
Story: I am thankful I can pray
The Lord’s Prayer • Matthew 6:9-13
9 Pray then like this:
“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
10 Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread,
12 and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, 15 but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
This prayer I know many of us are familiar with and for good reason, prayer is one of the most powerful ways we can connect and grow with God. We can talk to him anytime anywhere and any place we wish to all we have to do is well… talk! God always answers our prayers with either Yes, Not Yet or I have something better in mind. God does not say no to our prayers but he is not going to just give us what we want. As you and your children go about your week remember your prayers and keep praying over these and whatever else may come and you will get to see how much God is with us each and every day and that I am thankful I can pray.
This Week we begin our series ReFocus: Know Where to Look
What do you do when you don’t feel grateful? Kids will learn soon enough, that sometimes it’s hard to feel grateful. Through asking this question, we hope kids will come away with a plan to refocus on what really matters and discover how they can show gratitude.
In Matthew 20:1-15, we’ll dig into a parable Jesus told one day about some vineyard workers. In the story, the vineyard owner offered to pay workers for helping to collect the harvest before it could be ruined. He hired workers all throughout the day even as the day came to a close. When he started giving the workers equal pay regardless of how long they worked, the early morning workers became ungrateful and started complaining. Then, at the end of the day, they had a bad attitude because they thought it wasn’t fair.
Bottom Line: Adjust your attitude. Though not everything in the world is going to be the same and though as much as we would love to have a fair share it may not always be there. We can change our whole outlook on life if we take the time to refocus and think about all that we’ve been given. Because even those who have little can do great things! We pray that kids will see their own life differently and discover all the ways can show gratitude.
Feel free to use this guide to revisit this lesson throughout your week: God Times Week 2