Proper 25C

Day: Proper 25C

Lectionary Passage: 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18

Scripture Focus: 2 Timothy 4:16-18

Object: None

Today’s Bible story talks about something really important. It’s about being bullied. You see, Paul was trying to be a good follower of Jesus and spread the Good News to everyone he met, but others didn’t like that. So they teased him and hurt him. Paul was bullied by all kinds of folks who didn’t like him talking about Jesus. They bullied him because he was different than they were. But, Paul didn’t let those people get him down. He didn’t let their bullying stop him. And do you know why? Because Paul knew that God was on his side. He knew that through all this bad stuff, through all the hurt and bullying that God was right there with him. He didn’t have to face those mean people alone. God was there! And God helped Paul get through those hurtful times and live to enjoy many, many days of celebrating and praise with people who loved Paul and his message about Jesus.

And I want us all to remember that God will do the same for us. If you are teased or hurt or bullied by others, I want you to remember that you are not alone. God is with you. And God will help you get through those bad times. I also want you to remember that all these people (point to everyone in the congregation) love you, too. So, if someone is mean to you for whatever reason, I want you to remember you’re not alone and you are loved!

Let’s pray: Thank you God for always being on our side. Help us remember your love even in the bad times.

Epiphany 2B

Day: Epiphany 2B

Lectionary Passage: Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18

Scripture Focus: Psalm 139:13-14

Object: Something handmade, like a piece of woodwork or a quilt

Note: Whatever object you choose, be sure to explore all the ways that it was wonderfully and creatively made and put together.

Good morning boys and girls! This morning I brought with me a quilt that my grandmother made. Do you see each of these pieces (point to each individual square and triangle of fabric)? She cut each and every piece of fabric out of much larger pieces and then she carefully laid everything out so that each piece was in just the right place. Then she put all the pieces together so that one whole quilt was created. I think it is one of the most beautiful and wonderfully handmade things in the world!

Imagine if a person could make this beautiful quilt, how wonderfully made you are inside and out because you’re made by God! That’s exactly what our Bible story is about. It says we are all wonderfully made by God. God made all the inner parts of our body and then knit them all together before we were born. So each and every part of us, and you just have to look around to see that we’re all different, was wonderfully made by God!

I hope you remember this always because it’s powerful stuff! If you are ever faced with a bully who tries to poke fun at you for some reason, please stand up and say, “I’m wonderfully made by God!” If you ever feel bad about yourself, say to yourself in the mirror, “I’m wonderfully made by God!” Let’s practice together, say after me, “I’m wonderfully made by God!” (let the children repeat, encourage them to say it louder)

Let’s pray: Thank you God for wonderfully making each of us. Help us always remember this each and every day. Amen.

Special Installment: Bullying

Special: Bullying

Scripture Focus: 2 Timothy 4:16-18

Object: None

Today’s Bible story talks about something really important. It’s about being bullied. You see, Paul was trying to be a good follower of Jesus and spread the Good News to everyone he met, but others didn’t like that. So they teased him and hurt him. Paul was bullied by all kinds of folks who didn’t like him talking about Jesus. They bullied him because he was different than they were. But, Paul didn’t let those people get him down. He didn’t let their bullying stop him. And do you know why? Because Paul knew that God was on his side. He knew that through all this bad stuff, through all the hurt and bullying that God was right there with him. He didn’t have to face those mean people alone. God was there! And God helped Paul get through those hurtful times and live to enjoy many, many days of celebrating and praise with people who loved Paul and his message about Jesus.

And I want us all to remember that God will do the same for us. If you are teased or hurt or bullied by others, I want you to remember that you are not alone. God is with you. And God will help you get through those bad times. I also want you to remember that all these people (point to everyone in the congregation) love you, too. So, if someone is mean to you for whatever reason, I want you to remember you’re not alone and you are loved! And if you are being bullied, don’t forget to tell an adult because we want to help.

Let’s pray: Thank you God for always being on our side. Help us remember your love even in the bad times.