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1 Sunday School Opening Assembly Suggestions Summer 2013 By Judi S. Hayes For use when all Sunday School members meet in a general assembly. Hymn suggestions provided appear in The Baptist Hymnal, 2008 and 1991 as indicated. June 2: God Begins the Story Hymn: Morning Has Broken (45, 2008); I Sing the Mighty Power of God (42, 1991) Scripture: Genesis 1:1 Leader: The assembly suggestions this quarter focus on God s story, from Genesis to Revelation. While we focus on God, let s think of ways to connect our own individual stories to God and to one another. We first think of God as Creator. The Bible begins with, In the beginning God God is our source of life and everything we have. We are created in His image. We can thank God for creating us and His wonderful world. Share: Challenge children to tell what God created on each of the six days and to place them in order. Or, in advance, find a picture of something created on each of the six days. Give one to each of the six children. Challenge them to place the pictures in order. Encourage everyone else to shout words of instruction and encouragement. If a family with a new baby is present, recognize the family and celebrate God s ongoing goodness in His gift of new life. Prayer: Praise God for His creation and provision. June 9: God Chooses a People Hymn: All the Way My Savior Leads Me (474, 2008); Whosoever Meaneth Me (613, 1991) Scripture: Genesis 15:5-6 Leader: God called Abram to leave home, not knowing where he was going. God promised Abraham would have many children. Even though Abraham and Sarah were old, they believed God and trusted Him. God kept His promises. God still calls people to follow Him. Share: Ask: What does it mean to be chosen? You may want to enlist several brief testimonies in advance: (1) a child who tells what it means to be chosen for a playground team; (2) a teenager who tells what it means to be chosen for a part in a play, to be on a team, to join the band, etc., (3) a young man, woman, or couple who tell what it means to be chosen to spend your life with someone, (4) anyone to tell what it means to be chosen to follow God. Prayer: Thank God for choosing all people to follow Him.

2 June 16: God Delivers His People Hymn: Saved, Saved (469, 2008); Forgiven (341, 1991) Scripture: Exodus 14:13 Leader: God saw His people in slavery in Egypt. He heard their cries for deliverance. He called and equipped Moses to deliver His people from slavery. God is still in the business of saving people. He delivers all who call on His name from the slavery of sin. Share: Enlist one or two people in advance to tell how God has delivered them from an addiction or sin in general, or to provide a general salvation testimony. Or, call for volunteers to share brief stories of God s salvation. Because this is Father s Day, you may want to ask a father to give a testimony. Prayer: Thank God for delivering His people from bondage. June 23: God Instructs His People Hymn: Wonderful Words of Life (338, 2008); Teach Me, O Lord, I Pray (601, 1991) Scripture: Exodus 24:7 Leader: God instructed His people by giving them the Ten Commandments and other laws to live by. His instructions were to help people live in community and live fulfilling lives, free from guilt. Although Christians are free from the law, which no one can keep perfectly, God still calls us to live pure and holy lives. Share: Challenge children to name the Ten Commandments. Or, write each Commandment in large letters on separate pieces of paper. Give each piece of paper to a different adult. Tell them to place them in order. Encourage children to shout instructions and encouragement. Prayer: Ask God to help His people life pure and holy lives. June 30: God Dwells among His People Hymn: Standing on the Promises (339, 2008); In Heavenly Love Abiding (348, 1991) Scripture: Exodus 29:46 Leader: The people first built a tabernacle and then a temple to be the dwelling place of God, the place where they met with God. Now all believers have the Holy Spirit in their hearts. We come together to worship God and to enjoy the fellowship of other believers, but God is with us wherever we go. Share: Enlist one or two people in advance to give a testimony about a time they experienced God s presence. Or, invite everyone to give a brief testimony about a special time of experiencing God s presence at church or anywhere. Prayer: Thank God for the gift of the Holy Spirit and for His presence.

3 July 7: God Establishes a Kingdom for His People Hymn: Seek Ye First (524, 2008); Rejoice, the Lord Is King (197, 1991) Scripture: 2 Samuel 7:22 Leader: Jesus loved to talk about the kingdom of God. He often said, The kingdom of God is like... In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said we should seek God s kingdom. We are called to serve in the kingdom of God, and we should be grateful for that opportunity. Share: If your nominating committee is looking for people to serve, tell about ways people can serve God through your church. Or, enlist several people to tell what serving in a particular role has meant to them. Prayer: Thank God for the joy of serving in His kingdom. July 14: God Disciplines His People Hymn: God Leads Us Along (80, 2008); Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah (56, 1991) Scripture: 2 Kings 17:13 Leader: If you are a parent, have you ever said, as you disciplined a child, I m doing this because I love you? Or, This hurts me more than it will hurt you as you administered discipline? Perhaps you have heard a parent say those words or something similar. God sometimes disciplines His children because they disobey Him. He wants them to return to Him and may use discipline to get their attention. Share: In advance enlist one or two people to tell how they strayed from God but came back to Him. Ask them to include ways parents or others prayed for them. Prayer: Thank God for loving discipline and for hearing our prayers. July 21: God Restores His People Hymn: Father, I Adore You (566, 2008); Children of the Heavenly Father (55, 1991) Scripture: Nehemiah 8:6 Leader: God s people turned from Him and enemies defeated them, taking the people away from their home. Eventually God's people were allowed to return home to rebuild their city and their lives. They were thankful to return home and follow God again. When we turn from God, He will always welcome us back. We must confess our sins, repent, and turn back to Him and He will welcome us home. Share: Invite everyone to confess their sins in silence. Ask a volunteer to read 1 John 1:9. Prayer: Thank God for forgiving our sins.

4 July 28: God Promises the Messiah Hymn: Hallelujah, What a Savior! (242, 2008); All That Thrills My Soul (429, 1991) Scripture: Isaiah 53:6 Leader: Long before Jesus came, the prophets foretold His coming. The people longed for the Messiah to come. They waited a long time. Many today are still waiting to hear that good news. Share: Invite everyone to say one thing they love about celebrating the Savior s birth each year at Christmas. You may want to sing the first verse of favorite, familiar Christmas carols. Prayer: Thank God for sending His Son, our Savior. August 4: God Sends His Son Hymn: Behold the Lamb (262, 2008); Come, Christians, Join to Sing (231, 1991) Scripture: Matthew 4:19-20 Leader: God sent Jesus to teach us how to live and provide a way to live eternally with God. Share: Invite everyone to share one thing Jesus taught us about how to live. Prayer: Thank God for the example we have in Jesus Christ. August 11: Jesus Is Crucified and Raised Hymn: Christ Arose (273, 2008); Christ the Lord Is Risen Today (159, 1991) Scripture: Mark 16:6-7 Leader: Jesus not only taught us how to live, He also died in our place, taking away our sins so we can come to God as if we had never sinned. And then He rose from the dead, giving us the promise of eternal life. Share: Invite a new or young Christian and a longtime Christian to tell what it means to them to walk daily in relationship with God. Prayer: Thank God for the relationship each believer has with Him through Christ.

5 August 18: Jesus Commissions His Church Hymn: Lord, Lay Some Soul upon My Heart (366, 2008); Set My Soul Afire (573, 1991) Scripture: Acts 1:8 Leader: Jesus established the church and instructed His followers to teach others about Him wherever they went. We learn about the early church in the book of Acts. The early believers worshiped together, enjoyed fellowship, prayed together, and cared for one another. Share: In advance enlist several people to tell what the church means to them. Or invite people to share brief testimonies about the significance of the church in their lives. Prayer: Thank God for empowering followers to tell others about Jesus, and for the church, the community of believers. August 25: God Completes the Story Hymn: When We All Get to Heaven (603, 2008); When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder (516, 1991) Scripture: Revelation 21:1-3 Leader: Because God sent Jesus to die for us, we have the promise of living eternally with Him. That s a great promise. But it begins as soon as you decide to accept God s great gift of salvation. Eternity with God begins immediately, not after you die! Share: Invite volunteers to share (1) what a daily walk with Christ means to them, (2) what they think heaven will be like, and (3) one person they are looking forward to seeing again in heaven. Prayer: Thank God for eternal life with Him both now and forever. Judi S. Hayes is a freelance writer, Mt. Juliet, Tennessee.

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