Think of your favorite thing, something that is very special to you. Now, did you know that Jesus wants us to love Him more than that special thing, more than anything? And that Jesus is worth loving more than anything. In this week’s story, Mary shows her love for Jesus by pouring out an expensive bottle of perfume. How will you pour out your love for Him this week?
HIGHLIGHTS from Sunday…
This week your child learned that Jesus is worth loving more than anything else. While Jesus was having dinner at a friend’s house, Mary came to see Him. She sat on the floor at Jesus’ feet and began to wash his feet with her tears and wipe them with her hair. Then she opened a very expensive bottle of perfume and poured it on His feet. The friends at the dinner were very upset because they thought she had wasted the perfume, but Jesus was pleased. He told the friends to leave her alone. Mary showed her love for Jesus by serving Him. She loved Jesus even more than her fancy perfume and was willing to give all she had to honor Him. (John 12:1-8)
- Jesus is worth loving more than anything else.
"But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners." Romans 5:8 (NLT)
Here’s a simple song to help your child (and you) memorize this week’s memory verse!
3 Activities that remind us that Jesus is worth loving more than anything else:
1. Paper Chain
At the dinner table this week, start a tradition of telling how each of you has helped someone this week. It can be big or small, such as holding the door open for someone or letting a friend have a turn with a toy first. Write down each act of service on a strip of colored construction paper. Curl the strips into circles and staple the ends together. Interlock the circles to create a chain that has the different ways you, as a family, have served other people.
2. Beautiful Bottle
Create a beautiful perfume bottle using a recycled jelly jar. Get creative and let your child decorate the jar with glitter, ribbons, paint, or even cut colored tissue paper into small squares, water down some glue and let your child paint the jar with glue and then attach tissue paper. Fill the jar with names of friends, family, neighbors and teachers. Each day let your child pull out a name from the jar that he can serve that day. Brainstorm with your child ways to serve that person. It could be making cookies, watering the plants or anyway that your child can serve that person intentionally.
TALK about it ...After your child has finished decorating his jar, talk with him about how Mary served Jesus by using these questions:
- What did Mary pour over Jesus?
- Why did Mary pour perfume on Jesus?
- Why were the disciples upset about Mary doing this?
- Was Jesus happy because of what Mary did?
3. Lazarus Song
Sing: to the tune of “Mary Had a Little Lamb”
Mary, Martha, Lazarus, Lazarus, Lazarus,
Mary, Martha, Lazarus, They were Jesus’ friends.
Jesus ate a meal with them, meal with them, meal with them,
Jesus at a meal with them and Martha served them all.
Mary had a little jar, little jar, little jar,
Mary had a little jar, it cost her very much.
She poured it all upon His feet, upon His feet, upon His feet,
She poured it all upon His feet, and wiped it with her hair.
Lord Jesus, You love us more than You loved even Your own life. You want us to love You back! Help us to follow Your example and love You more than we love anything else. Give us a heart to serve others so we can share Your love.
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