Day: Proper 11C
Lectionary Passage: Colossians 1:15-28
Scripture Focus: Colossians 1:15
Object: Invisible Ink Message
Preparation: To make invisible ink you need about 2 tablespoons each of baking soda and water. After you have mixed together your invisible ink you can write your message (Jesus is God) on a piece of plain white paper with a cotton swap or paint brush (Tip: keep stirring the baking soda and water mixture to keep its watery consistency as you write the message). Let the invisible ink dry completely. During the children’s sermon, you will need about 3 tablespoons of water and five drops of red food coloring or some grape juice to reveal the message (Tip: premix the water and food coloring). Take a paint brush or cotton swap to brush the paper to reveal the secret message (Tip: before the reveal, clip the paper to a clipboard to make it sturdier because the reveal with moisten the page a lot).
We’ve got a mystery to solve this morning. A message was written on this piece of paper in invisible ink. So, we need to reveal it using an old spy trick. Let’s see if we can find out what it says (brush the paper with grape juice to reveal the message). Here we go! It says: Jesus is God. You see, with a little help, the invisible message is revealed so that we know what it says.
And that reminds me of our Bible story for today. You see, Paul is telling us that Jesus reveals the invisible God. God is like that invisible ink. At first we can’t see God. But then Jesus comes along to help us and just like the grape juice he reveals the mystery to us. Thanks to Jesus we can know all kinds of things about God because Jesus shows them to us. When we look at Jesus, we can see God! And that is even cooler than invisible ink.
Let’s pray: God, thank you for sending Jesus to help us better know you. When we look at Jesus, we can see you. Amen.