Jonah and God's Mercy:

Gather: God of the seas, sky, and land, when Jonah turned to run from you, you showed him that nothing and no one could hide from your presence. You are in all things, and you love all things. Show us the gift of your presence, and help us to carry your word of compassion and grace to all the world, in the name of the one who carried out your love flawlessly, Jesus Christ our redeemer. Amen.

OR

We than you, Lord for generous hearts, for sun and rainy weather. We thank you, Lord, for drink and food, and that we are together. Amen.

Support:

Share the best and worst parts of your day.

Learn:

Read Jonah 1:1-17; 3:1-10; [4:1-11] OR “God’s Messenger” Pg. 160 in the Jesus Storybook Bible.

  • Have you ever been asked to do something (like clean your room) and said – NO! How did that work out?

  • In the story Jonah was told to go spread the good news of God’s Love to the people of Nineveh (who were Jonah’s enemies) – how would feel if you were asked to do something like this? Would you like it? Would you be happy or mad?

  • Jonah tried to run away from his task – have you ever tried to get out of doing something or run away from something? Why?

  • We are called to spread God’s message of love to the world – who are people that you think we should share this message with? How can we do this?

Engage:

Think of a friend or family member that you think might need some reassurance. Send a message that tells them that God loves them. OR – Visit the following website for a ton of activities relating to Jonah. https://www.daniellesplace.com/html/bible-themes_-_Jonah.html

Pray:

God of the seas, sky, and land, when Jonah turned to run from you, you showed him that nothing and no one could hide from your presence. You are in all things, and you love all things. Show us the gift of your presence, and help us to carry your word of compassion and grace to all the world, in the name of the one who carried out your love flawlessly, Jesus Christ our redeemer. Amen.

OR

God bless our family and friends, let them be happy, healthy, safe, and loved. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

Bless: Child of God, share God’s message. (Make the sign of the cross on your child’s forehead as you say this.)


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