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Kind Words, Tame Tongues Our Savior Hawaii Online Sunday School

Welcome

Welcome to Our Savior Hawaii's Online Sunday School! Our tongues may be small, but they do a lot. Without them, we wouldn't be able to talk. The words we say have power. Today, we'll explore how we should use our words to share God's love with the world.

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  • 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?
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Sing and Dance

One way we use our tongues is to sing praises to God!

Scripture

James 3:5-12 So too, though the tongue is a small part of the body, it boasts great things. Consider how a small fire sets ablaze a large forest. And the tongue is a fire. The tongue, a world of unrighteousness, is placed among our members. It stains the whole body, sets the course of life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. Every kind of animal, bird, reptile, and fish is tamed and has been tamed by humankind, but no one can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With the tongue we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in God’s likeness. Blessing and cursing come out of the same mouth. My brothers and sisters, these things should not be this way. Does a spring pour out sweet and bitter water from the same opening? Can a fig tree produce olives, my brothers and sisters, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a saltwater spring yield fresh water.

Talk
When has someone said something that made you feel awesome? Why is it important to think about the words we use before we say them? How does Jesus give us an example of how to use our words? How can you be more careful about how your words affect others?
Engage

Your tongue can do amazing things! Try out these tongue twisters and remember to use it always for goodness and kindness. Praise Jesus for His grace and forgiveness when we fail.

  • The blue bluebird blinks.
  • Cooks cook cupcakes quickly.
  • Five frantic frogs fled from fifty fierce fishes.
  • I saw Susie sitting in a shoeshine shop. Where she shines, she sits, and where she sits, she shines.

Play a game of Telephone. Sit in a circle as a family, close enough so you can whisper into each other’s ears. Whisper something kind into one person's ear. That person will listen carefully and whisper what they heard into the ear of the person sitting next to them. We’ll repeat this all around the circle, then the last person will say what they heard out loud.

Pray + Bless

Pray: God of kindness, Help us use our tongues and words to tell how we love you and love each other. Amen.

Make the sign of the cross on the forehead of each person in your family and say, "May the words of your mouth and the meditation of your heart be acceptable in God's sight, your rock and your Redeemer." (paraphrase of Psalm 19:14).

Portions of the lesson are from SparkHouse Publishing.

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Created with images by Syaibatulhamdi - "children bench sunset" • Pexels - "bible book open"