Communities Transition(1 Samuel 7:15–8:22; 10:17-24) July 19, 2020
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Supplies for Extra At-Home Activity:None
Before You Teach
God had chosen prophets and judges like Samuel to lead the Israelites. But the Israelites decided they wanted to be like other groups of people and began demanding for a monarchy and a king. Samuel warned them that having a king was a bad idea, but they wanted to be like everyone else. God told Samuel to give the people a king, and Saul was chosen as the first king of Israel. Samuel anointed Saul by pouring oil on his head. Then the Spirit of God came on Saul, and God gave him a new purpose.
What’s Different (Puzzle)
Make a copy of the puzzle for each child.
SAY: Samuel chose Saul to be the first king in front of all the tribes. Look carefully at the two pictures and find 10 differences. Circle them as you find them.
• Allow the children time to find and circle the ten differences.
• Invite the children to color the pictures.
Would You Rather…or…? (Group Activity)
Print a copy of Would You Rather.
SAY: Samuel had to make a tough decision. He went to God in prayer. God helped him know what to do. How do you make tough decisions?
• Say, “Would you rather” and then read the two options to the children.
• Invite the childre to choose which one they’d choose.
• Continue until you’ve made it all the way through the choices
TIP: Even if the children cannot respond in real time, leave space between questions for them to “tell” you. This interaction helps make the session more effective.
Read the Bible Story
• Find 1 Samuel 7:15–8:22; 10:17-24 in your Bible, or read the story “Samuel Anoints Saul” from the Deep Blue Bible Storybook (pp. 118–121).
ASK: Why did the Israelites want a king? (They wanted to be like everyone else.) What did Samuel warn them about kings? (Samuel didn’t think the people would like the way a king would rule.)
See the Bible Story
SAY: After church, the kids ask Pastor Kim about the scarf around his neck. He tells them about it. It is called a stole. He shares with them about when God called him to be a pastor.
• Watch today’s episode here:
ASK: What does God ask you to do?
ASK: The Israelites wanted to be like the other communities. When have you wanted to be like others?
SAY: Before we end today, we are going to share a blessing with each other. Blessings show how special you are to God.
• Go around the room and say the blessing to each child.
SAY: (Person’s name), God loves you. God remembers you. God will always be with you.
PRAY: Dear God, thank you for loving us and leading us. Thank you for the leaders in our community; in Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
Hide and Seek (Extra At-home Activity)
SAY: After Saul was anointed as king, he hid. Why do you think he hid? When have you wanted to hide?
Samuel Anoints Saul
1 Samuel 7:15–8:22; 10:17-24
amuel the boy grew and grew. As
Samuel grew, he served God.
When Samuel grew to be a man, he
became a judge. Samuel helped the
people know what God wanted them to
do. Samuel served God his whole life.118
“We want a king! We want a king!”
the people shouted to Samuel.
“You don’t need a king,” said Samuel. “God
is your leader.”
“But all the other countries have kings,”
said the people. “We want to be like them.”
“You won’t really like
having a king,” said
Samuel. “A king will
make your sons serve
in his army. A king will
make your daughters
cook his food. A king
will make you pay
money to him.”
“We do want a king!” said the people.
So Samuel told God that the people
wanted a king. God listened to Samuel
and agreed to choose a king for the
God told Samuel to
choose a young man
named Saul as the first
Samuel called all
the people to come
together to see their
new king. But when the
people looked for Saul,
they couldn’t find him!
He was hiding behind
the big baskets and
jars filled with supplies.
The people ran and found Saul.
“God has chosen Saul to be your king,”
How do you think Samuel felt
in this story?
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