Lent 5C

Day: Lent 5C

Lectionary Passage: John 12:1-11

Scripture Focus: John 12:3-8

Object: $20 bill

This morning, I’ve got $20 with me and I need your help to pick the best way to spend it. Now, I could use the money to buy a bag of food to give away to people who are hungry. Or, I could use the money to buy a new songbook for others to sing praise to God. Well, let’s take a poll: Raise your hand if you would buy food for the hungry…. now, raise your hand if you would buy a songbook to worship God… it’s a tough one!

In our Bible story today, the same kind of thing happens. There was this woman named Mary who bought a really expensive perfume and she used it to worship God by pouring it over the feet of Jesus. I know that sounds like a strange thing to do, but it was a way for Mary to show her love for Jesus. One of the people who saw her pour the expensive perfume on Jesus’ feet got really angry. He thought Mary was wasting money that could have been used to feed the poor.

You know, Jesus didn’t mind that Mary used her money for worship. But, he also taught us to help the poor, too. Jesus wants us to worship God and help others. So, remember, as Jesus’ friends we need to find ways to use our money to help others and to worship God. Because God cares about full tummies just as much as worship.

Let’s pray: God, help us to always to follow Jesus’ example to worship you and to help others, too. Amen.

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Easter 4B

Day: Easter 4B

Lectionary Passage: 1 John 3:16-24

Scripture Focus: 1 John 3:18

Object: None

Good morning everyone! Valentine’s Day was a long time ago, but that’s not the only day in the year when we tell someone they are loved. We could tell a special person we love them any day of the year. Or we could write it in a letter or make a pretty card that says “I love you.”

But, you know, speaking and writing aren’t the only ways to let people know that you love them. There are a ton of other ways! You could give them a hug. You could smile at them or maybe even hold their hand.

It’s easy for most of us to show love to our family and friends, but God wants us to love everyone. That doesn’t mean you have to hug everyone you meet. But it does mean that God wants us to be ready to help others.

In our Bible story for today, we learn that loving others means that we’re willing to help when they are in real need. Like, when we… (this is a great opportunity to list tangible ways children and/or your church in general reach out to people in need).

I hope we will all remember to show our love by our actions!

Let’s pray: God of love, help us tell others that we love them by using our words and our deeds. Amen.