Bible Texts:

Matthew 22:34-46, Luke 10:25-28, Luke 20:41-44


Children's Bible Story sources:

"The Greatest Commandment," Spark Story Bible, p.308


Children's Story Resources

Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse by Leo Lionni

Everyone loves Willy the wind-up mouse, but Alexander the real mouse is chased away with broomsticks and mouse traps. Alexander wishes he could be just like Willy so that he could be cuddled and loved too. But when Alexander finally gets the chance to be like Willy, he has to reconsider and think about what would be the best for both of them.

How these stories are connected: The best thing we can do for the people around us is to want for them the same things we want for ourselves.


Questions about Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse:

     How come everyone loved Willy so much but didn’t like Alexander?

     What did Alexander want most in life?

     What happened to Willy after Annie’s party?

     What did Alexander realize when he finally had the chance to turn into a wind-up mouse?


Questions about the Bible story:

    How did the Pharisee try to trick Jesus?

     What did Jesus say are the two most important commandments?

     What does it mean to love your neighbor as yourself?


Questions about our lives:

     Have you ever felt sad or happy for someone else?

     What is something you really want? What if you gave that thing to your friend? How would they feel?



Dear God, help us to think of others before we think of ourselves. Thank you for putting parents, pastors, and teachers in our lives who teach us Your commandments and show us how to live like You. Amen.