This Week in Sunday School -
Theme - Jesus Loves Us and Forgives Us
Littles - Today we read the story of Simon’s dinner with Jesus (Luke 7:36-50). Jesus is invited to dinner at the home of Simon, a Pharisee. In the middle of dinner, a woman comes in and begins to weep over Jesus, bathing his feet with her tears. She then dries the tears with her hair. Simon protests that this woman is “a sinner.” But Jesus responds to Simon that Simon provided no open and affectionate hospitality to Jesus, whereas the woman did all that a host should do, and more, because she gave her love to him. Simon was not being rude to Jesus at this gathering. He did the proper things for a guest. He just did not show any expansive hospitality, and surely did not show the extravagant love in hospitality that the woman did. Jesus tells Simon, “Therefore, ...her sins, which were many, have been forgiven; hence she has shown great love.”
Sin alienates us from community. What restores us is not perfection but forgiveness, as Jesus showed. Thus in our liturgy, we have confession and absolution, followed by the exchange of peace among one another. Then, with forgiveness in our hearts and actions, we come to the Lord’s Table for communion as one Body in Christ.
Craft/Activity - We made mobiles illustrating the phrase, “God Loves Us and Forgives Us.” We talked about how God forgives both little mistakes as well as big ones when we come to him in love.
- Feb. 17 - ALL Groups will come downstairs.
- Feb. 24 - Littles will come downstairs. Middles and Youth will stay upstairs.