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Family Sunday school: March 29

We hope and pray your family is connecting well and that you all are feeling the presence of God here in our season of extra “togetherness” in our homes. 

A hope is these Family Sunday School classes may give your family some experience and a pattern for family worship and spiritual connection that continues when life returns to normal down the road.

The following is a lesson structure that allows your family to have “Family Sunday School” together. Parents, I know this may be a touch intimidating, but it’s worth it. The following lesson plan should make it relatively easy to facilitate Family Sunday School as a group in thirty minutes or less. 

Preparatory Resources

  1. 3/3’s Method for Family Worship  – Canon Matt Schneider has provided this format to use as the structure for Family Sunday School. The first page provides some principles; the second page is the actual lesson. Obviously, you can pick and choose the elements you would like to use.
  2. Teaching on the 3/3’s Method for Family Worship – Canon Schneider taught two classes on family worship and the 3/3’s Method in our Faith and Family class in February. You can access these resources at the following links:

Class #1 – February 9 
Class #2 – February 16 

As you go through Family Sunday School, refer to the 3/3’s Method PDF. Below, I have included some helpful resources to supplement the method, such as music for the praise section and a video to introduce the Bible passage and series. 

Step #1: Look Back
Refer to the recommended practices in “Step #1 – Look Back” in the 3/3’s Method PDF. In addition to prayer and sharing, this section includes an option to sing songs, among others. Sometimes it can be awkward to sing acapella. Linked below are two familiar songs to Advent families with audio and lyrics on the video. Play it loud! It makes it less awkward to sing out!

Song #1 – Be Thou My Vision
Song #2 – Crown Him with Many Crowns

If you have younger children:
Song #1 – Ask Me Whooo: Questions 1-3
Song #2 – God Made Me
Song #3 – Father Abraham Had Many Sons
We also now have a Spotify Playlist of many of the songs we sing with children on Sunday mornings at church. Feel free to put together your own collection of songs from the list! 

Step #2: Look Up

We’re currently working through a series, “Trusting God in Scary Times.” Each Bible passage will relate to one key attribute of God that enables us to trust him in times of fear: His goodness, sovereignty, and favor. For Family Sunday School, we want you, as a group, to read and analyze the passage. 

Today’s passage, Psalm 118:1-9 talks about the favor of God — how he is on our side. Read the passage below, use the questions to dig into the content, and then use the questions in Step #2 – Look Up – for personal application. 

The linked video gives an introduction to the series and some background on this psalm. 

Passage: 

Psalm 118: 1-9 

1 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    for his steadfast love endures forever!

2 Let Israel say,
    “His steadfast love endures forever.”

3 Let the house of Aaron say,
    “His steadfast love endures forever.”

4 Let those who fear the Lord say,
    “His steadfast love endures forever.”

5 Out of my distress I called on the Lord;
    the Lord answered me and set me free.

6 The Lord is on my side; I will not fear.
    What can man do to me?

7 The Lord is on my side as my helper;
    I shall look in triumph on those who hate me.

8 It is better to take refuge in the Lord
    than to trust in man.

9 It is better to take refuge in the Lord
    than to trust in princes.

Questions on the passage:

Questions on the passage:
V1 – For what two reasons do we give thanks to the Lord in V1?

V2-4 – What three groups are called to give praise to the Lord in these verses?

V2-4 – What is repeated in these verses? How does that comfort you? 

V5 – Out of what did the king call on God? What is the distress that we and our country experience right now?

V6-7 – In your own words, what does it means that “the Lord is on your side?” 

V6-7 – What phrases show us the comfort and help that God being on our side grants the speaker (and us)?

 Step #3 — Look Ahead

You can finish up the lesson with the content on Step #3 — Look Ahead — of the 3/3’s Method PDF. 

Click here to access this lesson as a PDF

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