Epiphany 2A

Day: Epiphany 2A

Lectionary Passage: Isaiah 49:1-7

Scripture Focus: Isaiah 49:1, 5

Object: Large mirror draped with a cloth (or a mirror in a bag/box)

Preparation: Keep the mirror hidden behind a draped cloth or inside a bag/box.

Good morning everyone. I’m so glad each and everyone one of you is here this morning. You will never believe who is joining us this morning: The most important people in the whole wide world are just behind this cloth. I’m not kidding. These people are each super special and very important. Should we see who is there? (Pull off the cloth to reveal the mirror so when the children look they will see themselves.) My goodness, it’s you! And you. And you. And you. It’s all of us!

We are the most important people in the world because there is no one else in the whole world who is just like you. (If you happen to have identical twins add: Even the two of you are not exactly the same… mention something about each that is different.) We are all unique. Because that’s the way God made us! Our Scripture tells us that God knew our names and formed us before we were even born. Before your mom or dad or anyone else knew you, God knew you! God made you. And God loves variety. God made each person in the whole world a little different from everyone else. And because God made us, we know we are all very good because God doesn’t make junk.

Let us pray: Thank you God for making us each a little different and loving us for just being ourselves. Amen.

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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.