Comparison is the Thief of Joy

Parent’s Corner- Sunday School lessons from June 17, 2018

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”  Romans 15:13

The other day, I was driving home, and heard a member of the group Rend Collective speaking on the radio.  He said something so succinct and so profound, that I have had a hard time getting it out of my mind. 

“Comparison is the thief of joy.”  That one had me thinking for a while.

When we compare ourselves with others, we often miss out on the joy that the Lord has for us in the life he has given us.  When we look at the blessings the Lord has given others, we often fail to see the ones he has given us.  I know I’ve been guilty of that.  I don’t want to spend any more time comparing myself to something that the Lord did not intend for me to be or wishing for something that He did not intend for me to have.  He knows so much better than I what I need and what is going to be best for me as I seek to serve Him.  Today, as you drive down the road, may you find joy in the life and blessings the Lord has given you, particularly your kiddos! 

Lessons from this week-


2s/3s- Mary Anoints Jesus- #38

Scripture- John 12: 1-8

Lesson Truth- Jesus is happy when we give.

Aims for the Children- To do at least one of the following during this lesson:

1.     Tell what Mary gave to Jesus

2.     Tell how Jesus liked the gift

3.     Make a gift and give it to someone

4.     Learn a poem about giving

5.     Participate in an action rhyme of thanks to Jesus


4s-K-  God’s Presence Fills the Tabernacle

Scripture- Exodus 33-34, 40

***Because Mr. Williams was gone this Sunday, he covered the Exodus review last week and Mrs. Yorke taught this lesson this week.

Lesson Goal- Students will pray for God’s mercy and thank Him for His faithfulness.

Bible Truths-

  1. God showed Moses that he was merciful yet just.
  2. God did not kill all the people who rebelled against Him.
  3. God came to stay in the tabernacle in the form of a bright cloud.
  4. All Israel worshiped God for sending His presence.

Key Verse- “And the LORD passed before him and proclaimed, ‘The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and fourth generation’” Exodus 34:6-7


Catechism Question #40


1st-2nd,3rd-5th- A review of Exodus

Both Elementary classes conducted a review of the book of Exodus.  Games were played, stories were told, and Scripture was reinforced. Ask your kiddos what they learned, what stood out to them, and how God led His people in the book of Exodus. 

Also, where do they see Jesus in Exodus?  Everything in the Bible ties into the Gospel!


Catechism Question #40


Children’s Church- David Defends God’s Honor

Scripture- 1 Samuel 17

Lesson Goal- Students will live for the Lord’s glory and depend on the Lord’s strength.

Bible Truths

1.     The Israelites and the Philistines were enemies.

2.     Goliath insulted God and His people.

3.     David defended God’s honor and killed Goliath.

Key Verse- “Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the LORD’S, and He will give you into our hands”1  Samuel 17:47.