Theme - God Begins a New World with Noah (Genesis 6-9)
Lesson - We sang, “God is so Good,” again this week. We also sang, “Who Built the Ark.” Then we read the story of Noah and the Ark (Genesis 6-9) from our Spark Story Bible. Seeing the evil that is rampant in the world, God decides to destroy the earth and to begin again. But God saves a remnant—Noah and his family—who are righteous before the Lord and who live in love of God. God commands Noah to build an ark and to place animals of every kind into the ark and then sends rain down upon the earth. When the floodwaters recede, Noah sends a dove to check for dry land. When the dove finally fails to return, Noah knows that it has found a landing place and the flood is over. When at last the ark lands upon a mountain and the inhabitants of the ark leave, Noah offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving to God. God then promises never again to destroy the earth, and sends a rainbow in the sky as reminder for us of God’s covenant that “the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh.”
We discussed ways we can care for each other and for the earth, as God intended us to do. Noah built an altar to thank God. We discussed what we are thankful for and how we can thank God. God gave us a rainbow to remind us of God and his promise to us. We talked about what else makes us think of God?
Craft/Activity - We made a rainbow and ark picture to remind us that God keeps his promises.
When they returned to their families during the worship service, they enjoyed sharing with the congregation about what they learned and what they made during Sunday School. And they also loved helping to make music during the recessional hymn at the end of the service.