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Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Each Friday you get a taste of what we are doing in in Children's ministry in your daily devotion. We are re-imagining what Children's Sunday School looks like when we are not able to physically gather together.  


 

Dear Parents,

We are continuing to learn all about the Lord's Prayer these first couple weeks of August. It’s going to be fun, creative, and maybe a little messy! Each week, we will focus on a different piece of the Lord’s Prayer and pair it with a recipe. Our prayer is that our children will grow to know the Lord’s Prayer and make memories alongside their family as they learn more about this special prayer Jesus gives us.

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Recipe: Candy Kabob

Video Lesson: The Lord's Prayer | Week 5

Synopsis:

Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses,

 as we forgive those who trespass against us.

Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

This week we’ll be learning about the next piece of our Lord’s Prayer puzzle. As we dig a little deeper into what this line of our prayer means, have your children review last week’s lesson and pair the first four pieces of the prayer together!

Temptation… that’s a big word. Really, a temptation is anything that looks, sounds, or feels good but we know is actually wrong. Maybe the simplest way to think of this is to picture a big table full of all your favorite desserts. There a big cookie cake, a pan of banana pudding, ice cream sundaes, candy, and all sorts of other things. Those things look so good and you know that if you ate everything on the table that your taste buds would feel really happy and good too. But if you ate all of it, what would happen about 20 or 30 minutes later? I bet you’d have the world’s worst stomach ache! That stomach ache does NOT sound good or feel good, so you know the best thing to do is just to have one treat from the table instead, even though every dessert looks so good and appealing.

Most of the time though, temptation in our lives doesn’t look like a big dessert table. At home it might look like talking back to your parents, not doing your chores when you’re asked to (like cleaning your room or doing the dishes), or being unkind to your brother or sister. At school, it might look like goofing off when you should be listening, not doing your schoolwork or homework, or giving in to peer pressure. Those can all be such hard things to say no to at your age, but fortunately, we are capable of not following or choosing these things that tempt us to do wrong. All because of Jesus!

Did you know that Jesus was tested by temptation too? After Jesus was baptized, He spent 40 days in the wilderness where He encountered several different temptations. Jesus knows what temptation feels like and Jesus was able to say “no” to the things that looked or felt appealing to do, but that He knew were wrong. Because we know Jesus lives in us, we know we are capable of this too!

If we look at this phrase all together, we can help our children to understand this next part of the Lord’s Prayer to mean something like this:

Help us not to follow what tempts us to do wrong.

We pray that this recipe and video are tools to equip you to be your child’s faith leader. If you have any questions, please reach out to us!

We also hope you will join us after our 11:00 online worship experience for our Children's Message. This week's message can be found on our YouTube channelor on our AFUMC Children's Ministry Instagram account.

Much love and prayers for each of you,
Katie Ryan, Jennifer Golden, and Katie Elder

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