Day: Epiphany 3
Lectionary Passage: 1 Corinthians 1:10-18
Scripture Focus: 1 Corinthians 1:10-12
Object: A colored rainbow
Preparation: You will need a colored rainbow for this sermon. You may print out a rainbow or color your own. The colors of the rainbow, from top to bottom, are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple.
Good morning everyone! I want to ask a few of you a question (point to individual children as you ask…) what is your favorite color? (get enough responses to prove that different people have different favorite colors) Wow, we all have different favorite colors! Mine is blue, but yours is red, and yours is yellow, and yours is pink. Do you think we should go out back and fight because we have different favorite colors? No?! Well, of course not!! That would be super silly. You don’t get mad at other people just because they have a different favorite color than you. Because it takes all the colors coming together to make beautiful pictures like this (reveal the rainbow). See, here is my favorite color (point to blue) and yours… (point to all the colors mentioned by the children).
Well, that reminds me of churches. We have a lot of different churches in town, but we all love God. So, maybe your friend goes to the church across the street and you go here. That’s great because we all love God! We don’t have to fight over which church is right or act like our church is the only good church. That’s exactly what Paul was upset about in our story for today. The early Christians were meeting in different groups, which is okay. Except when they started to fight with each other just because they were in different groups. That’s just silly. Especially when they all believed in the same God and all loved Jesus! That’s what is really important.
So, I want you to remember that our church is just one of many churches, just like my favorite color blue is just one color in this rainbow, and we shouldn’t be mean to others if they belong to another church and we should always try to work together.
Let’s pray: God, help all Christians work together no matter what church we attend on Sunday morning so that we can do even greater things in your name. Amen.