When evening had come, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!”
From sermon4kids.com: “. . . Sometimes, there are sudden storms in our life. Perhaps it is an illness, a family problem, or the death of a friend or loved one. . . . He [Jesus] doesn’t always take away all of the problems, but if we will trust in him, he will give us peace in our hearts even in the middle of a storm.”
Scripture: June 24, 2018—1 Samuel 15:34–16:13; 2 Corinthians 5:6–10 (11–13), 14–17; Psalm 20; and Mark 4:26–34.
Collect: O Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your lovingkindness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Reflection: The passage from 2 Corinthians urges us to be reconciled, to engage in the ministry of reconciliation, and to be ambassadors for Christ. How can you join in a ministry of reconciliation as an ambassador of Christ?
Image “Peace, be still by He Qi.
Sunday School—check with your teacher (Youth are out for the summer)
Study guide, group activity, snacks—Let the children take two graham crackers and place a little white frosting between them to form a “Bible”. Use frosting gel to draw a picture of a cross on the front of their snack. If desired, the children can place a piece of red fruit ribbon to come out of their Bible snack as a red ribbon book marker!
For the summer, we are exploring how faith and science fit together—or do they? The third video in our summer series talks about lobsters, among other things. So what do lobsters have to do with faith? For this week, pick up your worksheet at church or print from here. How do you react to this video? What do you like & dislike? Write it on your worksheet or share it on Friends of SSSJ facebook page.