Table Talk: Week of September 9, 2018

“All are welcome here”

What an appropriate lesson for our Homecoming Sunday!

God commands us to love our neighbors as ourselves. God calls us to view anyone who needs help as our neighbor. We don’t have to look hard to find a “wounded” person. They surround us in our family, our neighborhood, our church, our country, our world.

There are many ways to share God’s love. Ask your children what some of their ideas are.

Our PreK/K Sunday School class heard the story of the Good Samaritan. Three men came upon a wounded man. Two of the men passed the man claiming they couldn’t stop to help because they didn’t have the time or if they stopped to help, their clothing would be spoiled. The third man did all he could to help him and that is exactly what Jesus teaches us to do.

Our first – fifth graders focused their conversation on James 2:1-17. In this passage from James, he talks about acts of favoritism. James questions our belief in the Lord if we show favoritism towards a person who walks in a room with fancy clothing and gold rings while we may look down upon someone who is wearing dirty clothing. James reminds us to love our neighbors as ourselves and by showing partiality, we are committing sin.

Table Talk Questions

  1. What does it mean to “love your neighbor as yourself”?
  2. Who can be your neighbor?
  3. How can you treat others in fair and welcoming ways?
  4. What do you think James would want us to do when we see someone new in the cafeteria at school or someone new at Sunday School?