In Jesus' time, the people of the Jewish faith did not get along with the Romans. The Romans were often mean to them. But today we read a story of a Roman soldier (called a centurion) who had faith that Jesus could heal one of his servants. What do you think Jesus did? We might want to refuse help to people we don't like, but Jesus helped him anyway.
You can find this story in Luke 7:1-17 or in your SPARK Storybook Bible on p. 290. Consider these questions:
- I wonder if Jesus was surprised by the Roman centurion's faith.
- I wonder if people can believe differently than me and still have strong faith.
- I wonder if people I don't like can do nice things. Have you ever been surprised by someone doing something nice for you?
- How can I show that kind of faith in Jesus?
- What does this story mean for you today? What did you learn?
Pray together! Ask each other what you want to pray about today and include it in your prayer.
Dear God, be with us this week. Help us to see good in people we don't like and to treat them with kindness. Help us to grow in our faith in Jesus. We also pray for.... in Jesus' name. Amen.
Hot Chocolate Surprise!
(It's a science experiment. Be careful. Adult supervision required.) From Be The Story Curriculum.
Sometimes, when we meet people we wouldn't usually like, we are surprised by their goodness, faith, and love. The centurion surprised Jesus with his faith, and Jesus surprised everyone around him by healing the centurion's servant. We are going to create a surprise mixture in this activity!
- When the mixture bubbles up, ask if they were surprised. What were they expecting? Will it happen again? Repeat if you want :)
- Now make regular hot chocolate to enjoy together.
- REFLECT: Water and hot chocolate mix go together well! What other things go well together? Some mixtures, like the baking soda and vinegar, were more surprising, just like Jesus and the centurion. What sort of things are surprisingly good together? (Like science experiments and Sunday School together!).
Learning About Different People
God made all sorts of different people. God made Jews and Romans, like we read about today! God made people from all different countries, of all different sizes and colors. Does your family often encounter people who are different from you? It is easy to dislike people who are different, but once we get to know them we might be surprised. Here are some challenges this week to learn about different people.
- Go to a restaurant that serves a different type of food than you are used to. (Have you ever been to Pho Viet 126 in Blaine? They serve Vietnamese food!) While you taste test, do some research on the place the food is from. What surprises you?
- Read a book by someone of a different race or nationality. Check out the library! How is the person's experience like yours? How is it different?
- Watch a movie about a different culture (e.g. Coco from Disney). What did you learn from the movie?