Ephphatha! Our Savior Hawaii Online Sunday School


Welcome to Our Savior Hawaii's Online Sunday School! Our God does amazing miracles. Today, we'll hear about one of them. Jesus speaks and a man who can't hear is able to hear. The word Jesus speaks is "Ephphatha!" It means, "Be opened." In our own lives, we can be open to all the ways God continues to work and do miracles.

  • What was the best moment of the last week for you? The worst?
  • How did you see God at work in the last week? What is your God sighting?
Sing and Dance

Mark 7:31-37 31 Again, leaving the region of Tyre, he went by way of Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, through the region of the Decapolis. 32 They brought to him a deaf man who had difficulty speaking and begged Jesus to lay his hand on him. 33 So he took him away from the crowd in private. After putting his fingers in the man’s ears and spitting, he touched his tongue. 34 Looking up to heaven, he sighed deeply and said to him, “Ephphatha!” (that is, “Be opened!”). 35 Immediately his ears were opened, his tongue was loosened, and he began to speak clearly. 36 He ordered them to tell no one, but the more he ordered them, the more they proclaimed it.

37 They were extremely astonished and said, “He has done everything well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”

What do you think it was like for the man to hear for the first time? What do you think it would be like to hear Jesus' voice as you were healed? How were the man's ears opened? How can we be open to God's voice?

Practice Listening Imagine what it would be like to be the man Jesus healed from deafness. Imagine what it would be like to hear for the very first time! Go outside to do some careful listening. Close your eyes and listen quietly, keeping track of all the sounds you hear. After a few minutes, talk about what you heard with your family. Did everyone hear the same things? Did you hear things that surprised you? What did you hear that you couldn’t see?

Photo Scavenger Hunt Jesus said, “Ephphatha,” which means “Be opened.” With an adult, go on a photo scavenger hunt. Find things that remind you of the word open. Examples include open doors, open flowers, open holes in the ground, open water, an opening to a playground area, an opening in a tree, and an open or empty field. Celebrate that Jesus' arms of love are open to you.

Pray + Bless

Pray: God of openness, Thank you for walking with us. Thank you for talking with us. Thank you for healing us. Thank you for helping us through change. Thank you for your open arms on the cross, dying for us. Be with us as we start all kinds of new things. Be with us when we’re scared. Be with us when we’re excited. Remind us of your open arms of love for us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Make the sign of the cross on the forehead of each person in your family and say, "God's arms of love are open for you."

Portions of the lesson are from SparkHouse Publishing.


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