School is In – Let’s Talk About Service
LISTEN ALONG: Jesus Washes the Disciples’ Feet (John 13:1-17)
Hey there, I’m Pastor Fish. Ready for a story? When Jesus was having His last supper with His disciples, he wrapped a towel around his waist, and began to wash His disciple’s feet and dry them with the towel.
(Jesus liked water, huh!)
Sure did! One disciple, Simon Peter, didn’t want Him to wash his feet. But Jesus insisted, and then Simon Peter said “wash my hands and my head, too!” But Jesus told him He didn’t need to do that. When He had finished washing their feet, He put on his clothes and returned to his place and asked if they understood what He had done. He said, “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. He said: Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them. Anyone want to guess what Jesus meant?
(Service? Serve others?)
Good job, class. Don’t put yourself above serving others – even in your school of fish!
- Review: We Always Review our “Golden Rule Rhyme.” Say together (substitute ‘Sunday school’ for something else such as ‘bible school’ where needed):
“As we gather in Sunday school, we will follow the Golden Rule. To each other be kind and true , as we want to be treated too!”
- Bible Savvy: What’s going on in this story? Why is Jesus washing His disciples’ feet? What was he trying to teach them? What’s the deeper meaning of this tale? What can the Bible teach us?
- Doing and Being: What are ways we can follow Jesus’ example, besides washing feet?
- Imagination [Materials: dolls, bowl] Pretend the dolls are disciples. Act out how one is washing the feet of another.
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