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3 rd Sunday after Trinity Jesus calms the storm Welcome to this twenty fifth session of 2021 of our different church. As usual we have a Bible story and some thoughts about it. Plus some ideas for fun things to do at home that are linked. And some songs and prayers for you and your family. Today we are looking at what happened after Jesus had been teaching the people about God’s kingdom. Wherever Jesus went He was doing the work that God had asked Him to do, teaching the people, healing the sick and gathering together His disciples who would continue His work. And wherever He went crowds gathered so that He hardly ever had any time for rest and quiet, and to teach His disciples what they needed to know. So that evening Jesus said to His disciples ‘Let’s go to the other side of the lake. ‘ - a place where fewer people usually went. Please run pages 5 to 13 of the Power. Point as a slide show so that you can access the hyperlinks and the recordings. The slides move on with a click, the voice recordings will play automatically, but click on the You. Tube videos to play them. You may have to go to full screen if you are using a phone. You may need to print out pages 15 - 21 to do those activities.
These are things you could use in this session: Simple musical instruments (shakers, tambourines, pan and spoon etc. ) Crayons or other colouring items, Pencil and ruler Sheets of paper and coloured card Glue, Sellotape, Scissors Blue paper Drinking straw Today we are with Jesus and His disciples in a small fishing boat crossing a big lake at night. Some of the disciples were fishermen so they were used to handling a boat on this lake, but usually they would not go across the middle of the lake. They could find all the fish they needed closer to the shore, so the boats they used were not really made for sailing across the lake, especially as storms could blow up very suddenly. But when they set sail the weather was calm and they all needed to get away from the crowds. Jesus was tired and He fell deeply asleep in the back of the boat. Let’s see if we can make a boat to help us tell the story, using a sheet of paper. The next page has the instructions for an origami boat and we can then put a mast and sail on it.
When you have made your origami boat, take a pair of scissors and snip a tiny amount from the top of the inner triangle shape. Push the drinking straw up from underneath the boat and through the small hole you have made. Print this page or trace the shape on the right, and cut the triangle out. Use a hole punch to make a hole at the top and the bottom where the circles are. Thread the sail onto the drinking straw. The boat reminds us of the story of Jesus and the disciples in today’s reading. ‘Even the wind and waves obey him. ’ Mark 4: 41
3 rd Sunday after Trinity Jesus calms the storm We are coming together to worship and praise God so let’s begin with a prayer. Heavenly Father, as we come before you in our separate homes, unite us in our worship of you. We ask that you will be with us and still our minds to hear your words. As we read about how Jesus had power over the wind and waves, please help us to believe and trust in Him, and have faith that He will help us through storms too. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen. We will sing a song now that tells us that Jesus is a beacon through the storm, and we can find rest in His presence because He is faithful - What a faithful God! You can play instruments and dance as we sing ‘ Lord I come before Your throne of grace. ’
Mark 4: 35 -41 International Children’s Bible Jesus Stops a Storm 35 That evening, Jesus said to his followers, “Come with me across the lake. ” 36 He and the followers left the people there. They went in the boat that Jesus was already sitting in. There were also other boats with them. 37 A very strong wind came up on the lake. The waves began coming over the sides and into the boat. It was almost full of water. 38 Jesus was at the back of the boat, sleeping with his head on a pillow. The followers went to him and woke him. They said, “Teacher, do you care about us? We will drown!” 39 Jesus stood up and commanded the wind and the waves to stop. He said, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind stopped, and the lake became calm. 40 Jesus said to his followers, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith? ” 41 The followers were very afraid and asked each other, “What kind of man is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
Jesus calms the storm Have you ever gone out in a boat? What were you doing? Some people like to go fishing, some like to go water skiing, and others may just enjoy going for a ride in the boat. No matter what you are doing in a boat, it is important to know some things about boating safety. At the very top of the list is. . . always wear your life jacket! The boating season is also the season for thunderstorms. It is wise to check the weather report before going out in a boat, but sometimes the weather can change very quickly. A storm can come up suddenly and you may need to get safely to shore. We have life jackets and weather forecasts now, but Jesus’ disciples didn’t have either in their boat! One evening, Jesus and some of his disciples were out on a lake in a boat. Suddenly, without any warning, a storm came up. The fishermen among Jesus’ disciples would have done all they could to keep the boat afloat, and all of them would be baling out the water from the bottom of the boat. But the wind blew so hard, and the waves were so high, that water kept coming into the boat and the boat was about to be turned over. While the winds and waves tossed the little boat about, Jesus slept peacefully at one end of the boat. Some of the disciples became upset that Jesus was sleeping. They went and woke Jesus, and asked him, "Master, don't you even care that we are about to drown? "
Do you think that Jesus cared about his disciples? Of course he did! Jesus got up and spoke to the winds and the waves. "Peace, be still, " he said. As soon as he spoke, the winds stopped blowing and the sea became calm. Jesus' disciples were amazed! They said, "Who is this man that even the winds and the waves obey him? " Sometimes we wish we could change the weather, for example when it’s too wet to play outside. People don’t have power over the weather, and the disciples knew that. They knew that only God could control the weather, and that God has power over all things. ‘Nothing is impossible for God!’ Everything is under His control and must always obey Him. Storms, viruses, people, nothing is more powerful than God. So, as Jesus had power over the wind and the waves, He had just shown His disciples that He is who He said He was - God’s Son. Do you think that Jesus cares about what is going on in your life today? Just like the disciples of Jesus, when you and I are afraid or troubled, we may ask, "Does Jesus care? " In one of the letters that the disciple Peter wrote, he says, “Cast all your anxiety on Jesus because he cares for you. ” So the answer is, "Oh yes, Jesus cares!"
As we sail through life in our own little boat, things are going to happen. We will face many storms. They may not be the kind of storms that we have talked about today. Perhaps we may face a serious illness or a family problem. We might make a wrong decision or fall in with the wrong crowd at school. Sometimes we get into difficult situations because we disobey, but in today’s passage, the disciples were in the boat in the stormy sea because they obeyed Jesus when He told them to cross the sea. When we follow Jesus life will not always be easy, and He doesn't always take away all of the problems, but if we believe and trust in him, he will give us peace in our hearts, because He cares. And He is God’s Son! He will always be in the boat with us through every storm. We are going to sing again now. This song is about Jesus in the boat, and when Jesus is in the boat we can smile at the storm because we know that He will protect us. You can play instruments or do some actions to this song ‘With Jesus in the boat you can smile at the storm. ’
Let’s say a prayer Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for your words in the Bible that teach us about Jesus and His love for us wherever we are. We thank you for those times when you calm the storms that come up in our daily lives. We also thank you for those times when you give us peace even though we are in the middle of a storm. We ask you to watch over us and keep us safe. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen. Let’s pray to God now for all those in need at this time. Dear Heavenly Father, as more and more people receive their first and second Covid vaccines, we pray that cases of Covid will fall again, and variants will not affect our gradual return to normal. Please help us to be patient as we wait for the day when we can meet together again in church. We ask that You will be with those who are still affected in any way by the virus and the effects of lockdown. Please help them all to know and feel Your comforting presence and Your guiding hand in their lives. We pray that You will enable all those in government to make important decisions about the ending of lockdown wisely and justly. Please give strength and health to all those caring for people in hospitals or care homes, and also to all those who are now opening up their businesses again. Help each one of us to play our part in bringing about a successful return to normal life by not being fearful, but being careful and caring of others. In Jesus’ name. Amen. We are now going to say the Lord’s prayer, Let’s join in with the children who are saying the Lord’s prayer in this clip. (next page)
If you want to take a picture of any of the things that you have made and put your name and age on it and send it to me, we could put it in the gallery on our church website: www. saintalbanswickersley. org. uk Or get someone to take your picture holding any of the activities, and send that in. Or you could post pictures on our church Facebook pagehttps: //engb. facebook. com/pages/category/Community/St-Albans-Church-Wickersley 923620921067631/ -
‘Jesus calms the storm’ craft What you need: • Print out the template for boat on the next page • 1 A 4 sheet of blue paper – (or colour a blank paper blue) • Colouring pencils • Scissors • Glue • Lollipop stick (or a strip of cardboard). What to do: Colour the picture of the boat. Cut out around the boat. Rip the blue paper in 3 lengthways to create the waves. Glue the sides only of these strips and stick in the bottom half of a sheet of white paper, overlapping the strips to make waves. Glue a lollipop stick to the back of the boat. Insert behind waves. Use the stick to move the boat up and down. You can act out the story of Jesus calming the storm using your boat in the waves.
Template for boat
Jesus said, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind stopped, and the lake became calm. Mark 4: 39
As we think of Jesus and His disciples going out in a fishing boat, let’s enjoy making and eating a fish dish. The recipe is taken from Tesco recipes for kids hence the brand names.