Happy Thanksgiving, one and all – I’m so thankful each of you are part of the village of First UMC Cary that helps to raise every child in our faith community. It is beautiful to see you truly love one another deeply and honor others more than yourselves.
This month we’re talking about honor as a response to the character of God.
Throughout Scripture we see how much God loves us:
He created us in His image.
He knows the number of hairs on our heads.
We are fearfully and wonderfully made.
He pursued a relationship with us even when we wanted nothing to do with Him.
He sent His only Son to pay for our sins to make an eternal relationship with Him possible.
And He did all of this for us without us even asking.
Jesus was the ultimate example of someone who showed others their value.
When Jesus came here, He showed us how to love and show honor to those around us. He taught us to love our enemies, care for the “least of these,” and become the servants of all who puts others’ needs before our own.
That’s why it’s important for us to help our kids and families discovery more about honor—letting someone know you see how valuable they really are.
Our Memory Verse for November comes from Romans 12. Throughout the chapter, Paul casts a vision for the church and how they can live as people transformed by God’s Holy Spirit.
In Romans 12:10, we read, “Love one another deeply. Honor others more than yourselves.” (NIrV) As kids memorize this verse, we hope they understand that honor includes seeing others how God sees them. When kids start doing that, they will be more willing to show God’s love to others and put their needs ahead of their own.
One place you can go as a leader or parent to help kids understand the concept of honor is the life of David. There are some powerful lessons about honor that show up all throughout David’s story. This is what we’ll be covering throughout November.
For our Elementary age friends THIS WEEK :
We finish up the month in 2 Samuel 6:12-22a. David is so excited that they are bringing the Ark of the Covenant back to Jerusalem that he starts a party in the middle of the streets. He dances to God in front of all the people in Jerusalem. When his wife is upset with him, he defends his action as a way to honor God. David doesn’t care what people think, he wants to worship God.
Bottom Line: Honor God by giving Him credit. The secret to showing honor to others is to understand that it begins with honoring God and giving Him the credit for everything we have. We can make it a point to honor God with every aspect of our lives.
For our preschool friends:
November is Thanksgiving month, so we’re helping preschoolers learn to say thank you for the people who help them. And there are a lot of people who help preschoolers!
There are all kinds of other people helping preschoolers by giving them what they need—people like you! You give them hugs, snacks, and best of all, God’s true stories! We need all kinds of people to help us! Elisha got some great help from a woman who prepared an entire room for him.
Oh, and last but not least—friends. Preschoolers need friends. You and I need friends. We all need friends! Friends help us have fun, do what’s right and they come in handy when we forget our snack. I’m pretty sure Elijah was thankful for his new friend, the widow, when she shared her food!
Our preschoolers need help, tons and tons of help. And, we want them to grow up with eyes that see the people who help them, and a heart that says thanks. That’s the goal this month.
Here’s this week’s lessons:
See you Sunday!