Christmas 1A

Day: Christmas 1A

Lectionary Passage: Isaiah 63:7-9

Scripture Focus: Isaiah 63:9

Object: Timer, whiteboard and marker (or similar objects to make a list)

Good morning everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas Day celebration. But did you know, it is still Christmas? Christmas lasts for 12 whole days! Of course, we have the big celebration on December 25 when Jesus was born, but there is still so much to give thanks for because God has done so much for us! We can’t possibly fit it all into one day.

This morning, I thought we would play a quick game of “count your blessings.” I got this idea from Isaiah who tells us to “recount the gracious deeds of the Lord.” Isaiah wants us to remember all the good things God has done for us. So, let’s see how many blessings we can think of to write on this board in 30 seconds. Ready, set, go… (allow the kids to share blessings as you write as many as possible on the whiteboard). Wow, in only 30 seconds, we were able to think of a lot of things to be thankful for. God has done some truely amazing things for us! We are blessed people.

I hope you will always remember to give thanks for all God has done and to count your blessings, the gif tof Jesus being at the very top of the list! When we count our blessings each and every day it helps us remember that we have a lot more to be thankful for than we have to worry about. I hope you will remember to tell others all the blessings God has shared with you and to never forget to be thankful for God’s love.

Let’s pray: Loving God, you are the giver of all good things. We are blessed by the birth of your Son Jesus Christ and give thanks for all you have given to us. Help us to always count our blessings. Amen.

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Christmas Day B

Day: Christmas Day B

Lectionary Passage: John 1:1-4

Scripture Focus: John 1:5

Object: Candle and match

Merry Christmas! It is so wonderful to see you all on this very special day. I bet you can all tell me who was born on this day (let the children shout “Jesus”). Very good! Jesus was born on Christmas day a long time ago in a place called Bethlehem. The Bible tells us about what happened on that special day: no room at the inn, shepherds in the field, angels singing, and wise men traveling far.

There is something else about that day we should know. We learn about it in today’s Bible story. It is very important… (try to build suspense) The Light came into the world (strike a match) and the light was named Jesus (light the candle… pause). 

Jesus is called the Light of the world because he is the one who guides us to God. Before Jesus was born, we were lost in the darkness. Now, all who believe in Jesus are guided by his light to God.

As we celebrate Christmas, let’s also remember to give thanks for the Light of the world who shows us the way to God.

Let’s pray: Eternal God, thank you for sending the light into the darkness to show us the way to you. Help us share this light with others. Amen.

Special Installment: Christmas Worship Guide for Families

Help make worship a part of each family’s Christmas Day traditions with this guide. Using this short, family-friendly worship guide, families will gather around the Advent wreath to celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Light of the world.

Click Here to Download the Christmas Worship Guide for Families

Advent 1B

Day: Advent 1B

Lectionary Passage: Mark 13:24-37

Scripture Focus: Mark 13:35-37

Object: Advent calendar

Preparation: Provide a printable Advent calendar for each child to color and assemble throughout the season.

Good morning! I brought a very special calendar with me this morning. It’s not a typical calendar with 365 days. It only has 28 days. It is called an Advent calendar. An Advent calendar is a special calendar that is used to celebrate the days of Advent as we wait for Christmas Day.

While we are waiting for Christmas, we should also remember that we are waiting for Jesus’ return. That’s what our Bible story is all about. It tells us that Jesus is coming back to earth one day and we have to stay alert and be ready for his return. We don’t know when that will be, but we can be ready by giving our hearts to God and following Jesus’ teaching of how to live. So as you are waiting for Christmas and getting ready for all the fun, remember to stay alert and be ready for Jesus’ second coming.

Let’s pray: Thank you God for sending Jesus to be born on Christmas Day. We are excited to celebrate his birth on Christmas but also to get ready for his return one day in the future. Amen.


Advent 1A

Day: Advent 1

Lectionary Passage: Matthew 24:36-44

Scripture Focus: Matthew 24:42-44

Object: A  long “to-do list” and a marker

Preparation: Tape together several sheets of paper so that you make one very long “to-do list.” Then, roll the paper up so that you can dramatically unroll it during the sermon.

Wow, there is a lot to get done before Christmas! Look at all this stuff that I have to do… (unroll the list) put up the Christmas tree, hang lights outside, bake cookies, send cards, go caroling…. it goes on forever and ever. But, what’s this? Here at the very bottom of my list… it says: “Prepare for the Birth of Jesus.”

That’s exactly what our Bible passage for today says, too. It tells us that we have to prepare for Jesus’ coming so that we don’t miss it. All of us have got to get ready for Jesus’ birth! I bet we can do that by coming to worship every week even though this is a very busy time of year. And, I think we can prepare at home by reading or listening to Bible stories about Jesus and praying. If we do those things, I know we’ll be prepared for Jesus’ birth.

But, I want to do one more thing… (get your marker ready). I want to move this item from the bottom of my list to the very top because it is the most important thing I’ll do this Christmas. (Rewrite “Prepare for the Birth of Jesus” at the top of the list) There, now my “to-do list” is in order and I can get started on the right foot.

Let’s pray: God, help us to remember that the most important thing we will do all Christmas is to prepare for the birth of your Son. Help us to not get caught up in other things, but to make preparing for Jesus Christ our number one item!