Pentecost 22A

Day: Pentecost 22

Lectionary Passage: Judges 4:1-7

Scripture Focus: Judges 4:4-5

Object: None

Note: This children’s sermon is written as a first person narrative. It’s a great opportunity to dress up in Bible-time costume and really get into the spirit of things by taking on the character of Deborah from Judges.

Good morning. Thank you for having me here today. This sure is a nice place. I usually like to spend my days sitting under the shade of a palm tree, but it’s nice to travel and meet new people like yourselves. Oh, where are my manners. My name is Deborah and I am a Judge.

Not the kind of judge like in a courtroom, but a Judge picked by God to lead the people of Israel. Some people probably think it is surprising that God picked a woman to be a ruler, but who are we to question God — that’s what I always say.

My job as a judge lets me help people in all kinds of ways and they depend on me a lot. I’ll tell you what, the leader of the army won’t even go into battle unless I’m right there with him. Silly guy. But since I want what’s best for my people, I went into battle with him and we won!

Well, I don’t want to bore you good folks. But I do want you to remember something very important: God calls on everyone. Boys AND girls! No matter what there is a place for everyone to serve in the church today and don’t let anyone tell you different.

Let’s have a prayer before I go: Thank you God for calling all people to help you. Help us remember that boys AND girls have a place to serve in your church. Amen.

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All Saints Sunday

Day: All Saints Sunday

Lectionary Passage: Revelation 7:9-17

Scripture Focus: Revelation 7:13-14

Object: Secret Message and Decoder

Preparation: You will need to print out and prepare the secret code maker/breaker. Then, prepare this message: 19/12/15/2  Click Here for Secret Code Maker

I’m so glad you are all here this morning because I have a secret message that we’ve got to figure out! (Show the kids the secret message 19/12/15/2) Luckily, I’ve brought a decoder with me. You see all I have to do is line up the numbers and the letters. Now, let’s crack the code and find out what 19/12/15/2 really means! Okay, “19” is for “H”. Let’s see, “12” is for “O.” “15” is for “L.” And “2” is for “Y.” What does that spell? HOLY.

In the Bible, God tells us to be holy. But it’s not always easy to figure out what that means. Thankfully God gave us these really great people called saints to help us crack the holiness code. Saints are people in the church who help us grow up and become strong in our faith and love for God. They can be people like our Sunday school teachers, our pastors, our parents, or even our friends. Saints are people who set good examples for others to follow. And they help us to figure out what it means to be holy. Because sometimes that can be as tough as breaking a code!

Let’s pray: Thank you God for giving us great saints to be examples of living the way of Jesus Christ. Help us to follow in their footsteps. Amen.

Pentecost 20A

Day: Pentecost 20

Lectionary Passage: Matthew 23:1-12

Scripture Focus: Matthew 23:3

Object: Cowboy hat or costume (the more you look the part, the better!)

Good morning everybody! Today’s Bible story talks about an important idea when it comes to following Jesus. In fact it’s a warning. A warning against hypocrites. A hypocrite is a person who acts like one thing on the outside, but are totally different on the inside. It would kind of like putting on this cowboy hat and declaring that I’m a cowboy. I may look like a cowboy on the outside, but do you think wearing this hat really makes me a cowboy? No, of course not. It’s just acting. (Add more examples, like a firemen hat or princess tiara, as you have time) And acting can be a lot of fun. The problem is when you want others to really believe you are a cowboy or a princess or whatever else when you’re not. That’s being a hypocrite.

Jesus warns his friends not to be hypocrites. Jesus wants us to really love God and God’s ways from the inside out. Jesus doesn’t just want us to act like we love God; that’s no better than putting on a cowboy hat and saying you’re a cowboy. Jesus doesn’t want hypocrites, Jesus needs real friends! Friends who love God and God’s ways from the inside out.

Let’s pray: God, help us to be real friends with Jesus from the inside out. Amen.

Pentecost 19A

Day: Pentecost 19

Lectionary Passage: Matthew 22:34-46

Scripture Focus: Matthew 22:36-39

Object: None

Hello everyone! In our Bible story for today some folks asked Jesus a very important question. They wanted to know what the most important rule was. And Jesus answered: “To love God with your whole heart, soul, and mind.” Then he said that the second was to love others as yourself. Since those two rules are the most important for us to remember and live by everyday, I thought we should learn a little song. It’s to the tune of “Frere Jacques.” Let me sing it once through for us:

I love God, I love God

Heart, Soul, Mind; Heart, Soul, Mind

Show by loving others, show by loving others

I love God, I love God

Now, let’s learn it together, line by line. I’ll say a line and you repeat it…. (say each line slowly and then lead the children in repeating it). Great! We’ve got the words, now let’s sing it together…. (sing the song together).

Let’s pray: Thank you God for sending us Jesus to teach us the two greatest rules to follow: to love you and love others. Help us remember to live by those rules everyday. Amen.

 

Pentecost 18A

Day: Pentecost 18

Lectionary Passage: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10

Scripture Focus: 1 Thessalonians 1:1, 1:6-7

Object: None

Good morning everyone. Today I want to tell you about a really amazing city called Thessalonica. It’s talked about in the New Testament. In fact, there are two whole books of the Bible that are letters addressed to people living in Thessalonica! It was the capital of a country, just like Washington D.C. is the capital of the United States. And Thessalonica was at a crossroads. That means two major roads went like this (make an X with your arms) and Thessalonica was in the middle. So lots and lots of people traveled through the city to trade things. It was also on the ocean so ships came back and forth all the time. It was a major city!

But the coolest thing about Thessalonica was that it had a strong group of Christians living there. In our Bible story for today we learn that this group was so in love with God and faithful to following Jesus’ way that they were an example for the whole entire country! One city was an example for the WHOLE ENTIRE COUNTRY!

That just goes to show you that a few people can do amazing things with God’s help. And that’s good for us to remember because with God’s help the few of us here today could be an example for the whole entire city of Atkins!

Let’s pray: God help us be strong witnesses like the Christians of Thessalonica and help our whole entire become friends with Jesus. Amen.

 

Pentecost 17A

Day: Pentecost 17

Lectionary Passage: Philippians 4:1-9

Scripture Focus: Philippians 4:6

Object: “Prayer Hand”

Preparation: For today’s lesson, you will teach the kids the “Prayer Hand.” It may be helpful print out copies of the “Prayer Hand” for each child to take home. Click Here for Prayer Hand

Our Bible story for today tells us that we should pray to God about everything. So I thought we should learn a cool way to pray using our hand. Everyone put your hand in the air and we are going to learn how each finger reminds us to pray for something special.

First, the thumb (point to your thumb) is closet to our heart so it reminds us to pray for those closest to us, like our family and friends.

Our index finger (point to your index finger) is also called our pointer finger and it reminds us to pray for those who teach. Like your teachers at school, Sunday school teachers, and pastors.

Our middle finger (point to your middle finger) stands taller than the rest and reminds us to pray for leaders, like the President and the Governor because they need God’s guidance to make important decisions.

Our ring finger (point to your ring finger) is weak and cannot stand alone well so it reminds us to pray for the sick. You can even name people you know who aren’t feeling well.

And last is our pinkie finger (point to your pinkie finger)! It’s the smallest one of all and reminds us to pray for ourselves.

Now when you go home you can all pray using your fingers and remember to ask God for everything!

Let’s pray: Thank you God for always listening to us in prayer and letting us ask you for all things. Amen.

Pentecost 16A

Day: Pentecost 16

Lectionary Passage: Philippians 3:4b-14

Scripture Focus: Philippians 3:8

Object: None

Good morning everyone! I want to describe someone to you this morning. Listen closely. This person lives in a big fancy house. He has lots of cool toys, the most expensive and fancy clothes, he has all the best games for his Wii and Playstation, he has a pool and trampoline in the backyard, he goes to Disney World every year, and he gets to eat his favorite dessert every night. Do you think he has a great life? (Let the kids answer Yes!)

What if I told you he isn’t friends with Jesus? And that all that stuff we think he is so great gets in the way of him knowing Jesus. Would you still think he has a great life? (Shake your head no so the kids know the answer is No!)

You’re right! A life without Jesus isn’t great. Even if we have all the best stuff in the world, if we aren’t friends with Jesus then it is all just silliness. And that’s exactly what our Bible story is all about. A guy name Paul is talking about how he was the most popular and the very best at his job but he didn’t know Jesus loved him. But then he became friends with Jesus! And suddenly all that other stuff wasn’t as important as loving Jesus with his whole heart.

We need to remember that all the toys and money and cool clothes in the world are not as important as loving Jesus.

Let’s pray: Help us God to love Jesus more than any other stuff and to remember that being friends with Jesus is the greatest treasure. Amen.

Pentecost 15A

Day: Pentecost 15

Lectionary Passage: Psalm 78:1-4 12-16

Scripture Focus: Psalm 78:1-4

Object: A storybook (This is a great opportunity for you to share a little about yourself by telling the kids about your favorite childhood storybook or a story that you read with your (grand)children.)

This morning I’ve brought with me my very favorite story! It’s the Chronicles of Narnia. I bet some of you know this story, too. Maybe you’ve seen the new movies. But let me tell you, the book is way better. I love it so much that I read it over and over and over. And, I’ve started to read it to Caleb even though he is only a baby. I want to start reading it to him early because I want him to grow up knowing the characters and the story as well as I do so that we talk about it! I hope it will be one of our special things.

And that reminds me of our Bible lesson. It tells us about sharing the stories of the Bible. You know, there is a lot of good stuff in the Bible! There are stories like Noah and the Ark, Adam and Eve, Jesus Feeding the 5,000, David and Goliath, and so many more that I can’t even name them all! But they all tell about the wonderful deeds of God. And when we read them and learn about them and share them with each other, we grow closer to God. That’s why every Sunday we read from the Bible and learn just a little more about what it says. And, I hope each day you are reading your Bible at home on your own or with help from your parents or an older brother or sister.

There are some really amazing stories in the Bible and the only way you’re going to discover them is if you open up the book and read!

Let’s pray: Thank you God for giving us the Bible so that no matter where we are we can read about the amazing things you have done. Amen.

 

Pentecost 14A

Day: Pentecost 14

Lectionary Passage: Philippians 1:21-30

Scripture Focus: Philippians 1:27

Object: None

Good to see everyone this morning. I hope you’re all having a great day. But you know, sometimes we have bad days. It’s just a fact of life. We can’t all be happy all the time. And that’s okay. Everybody has tough days. The important thing is to not take your tough day out on other people. So you can’t do things like hit your sister just because you’re mad or yell at your parents because you’re frustrated or do other mean stuff.

Because the way we treat people on our tough days is just as important as how we treat them on our best days. And that’s what our Bible story is getting at. It says that no matter what’s going on, we’ve got to live in a way that brings honor to God. That means we’ve always got to be nice and treat others well, even when we are having a bad day!

I know that can be hard. But know this: You don’t have to do it alone! God will help you. If you are having a tough day and you know you are treating others rough I want you to take a break and pray this prayer, say the words after me:

God,

Today is tough, don’t let me be rough,

Help me be kind, while things unwind

Amen.

Pentecost 13A

Day: Pentecost 13

Lectionary Passage: Matthew 18:21-35

Scripture Focus: Matthew 18:32-35

Object: Dry Erase/Black Board and Eraser

Note: You can modify this sermon to work without the object because kids will be very familiar with a board and eraser from school.

Hey everybody. I bet you’ve all seen one of these at school (show your board). I love my little dry erase board because people can leave me messages (write something on the board) when I’m out of the office and after I’ve seen them, all I have to do is go zooop (erase the message) and it is gone. It’s like it was never there!

And that reminds me of an important lesson from the Bible. Our story today is all about forgiveness. Forgiveness is when someone says they are sorry for doing something wrong to us and we accept their sorry. That can be a really hard thing to do. But it is easier to do when we remember that God has forgiven us. We’ve done some bad stuff and God has forgiven us and wiped the board clean — just like with a big old eraser! So, we have to do the same with others who might hurt us.

Let’s pray: God help us to forgive others as you have forgiven us. Amen.