Children’s Sunday Sermon
February 6, 2011
Good morning boys and girls. Can I see a show of hands of all those here who are afraid of the dark? I don’t see too many hands raised boys and girls. For most of us when we are little there are times when we are afraid of the dark but I know you are all too grown up now for that! And these days, in case you need to get up at night when the lights are out, maybe you have one of those little night lights that will help guide your way in the dark.
Today we read in our Bibles that Jesus is “Light of the World.” That’s right. We know that Jesus is here in our lives to shine his bright light of love into our hearts. We have read before in our Bibles that Jesus is like a bright light shining on His loyal followers. And His bright light is there for each one of us to help guide us on our way when things seem dark. In other words, boys and girls, when things are not going so well for us and the day seems dark and gloomy Jesus is there to change all of that.
Now let’s read further from our Bibles. We read that Jesus said that we are the light of the world! That’s right, He says that we must shine our light on those who need us. You see Jesus wants us to reflect His bright light from our hearts into the hearts of others. And as loyal followers, you already know from our lessons when we need to shine our lights most. That’s right. When someone is lonely and needs a friend we should be ready to light up their day with a smile. Or when someone is sick we should be ready to light up their day with a special visit. Or when a little brother or sister or cousin wants to spend time playing with us, we should be ready to light up their day by sharing our things with them.
Boys and girls, each of us is expected to be like a mirror, reflecting Jesus’ bright light of love into the lives of our friends and family and neighbors. And when you do that boys and girls you will be a shinning example of God’s love for us. The next time you hear your mother or father call out to you to “rise and shine,” I want you think about today’s lesson and how you can shine your light that day for someone who really needs you! And that’s what I call a bright idea!
Children’s Sunday Sermon
February 13, 2011
Good morning boys and girls. Today I want us to talk about a word we hear all of the time:
In our daily lives all of us are asked to forgive others for things they have done wrong to us. But it’s a two-way street. There are also times when we must ask others to forgive us for things we have done wrong to them. You all know that! But sometimes when someone does something wrong to us, or to someone we care about, it can be hard to forgive. Sometimes you’d rather stay angry instead of shaking hands and forgiving that person.
We all make mistakes sometimes — right? Do you know what boys and girls? All of us can be instantly forgiven by God if we just ask. That’s right. If only we would ask. You see when you ask God for forgiveness — when you say you are sorry for the thing you have done wrong and promise to try to change and do better, God’s forgiveness is guaranteed! Isn’t that awesome, boys and girls?
When you think of God’s forgiving love for you in this way it just might make forgiving others a little bit easier. One more thing boys and girls — when you really earn God’s forgiveness in this way the thing that you did wrong is not only forgiven, but it’s also forgotten!
Children’s Sunday Sermon
February 20, 2011
Good morning boys and girls. We read in our Bible today that Jesus said, “Love your enemies . . .do good to those who hate you . . . pray for those who treat you badly. ” And we read further that if we do these things God will be pleased. Sounds tough, doesn’t it?
Boys and girls what is the opposite of hate? Of course, Love is the opposite of hate. And so it should come as no surprise to us that Jesus, the One whose Love for us is greater than anything we can imagine, would ask us to respond to hate with love. It should come as no surprise that He asks us to answer bad deeds with good deeds. And this Lesson, boys and girls, is one of the hardest of all to learn.
When someone does something to us that seems bad our first reaction is to get mad, and then to get even. That’s a mistake that we all make — both adults and kids — and it’s part of being human. For adults, it can be something as silly as someone bumping into them in the supermarket or driving too closely — but sometimes those little things can turn into very bad situations. Some people get so angry with others when they are driving they are said to have, “road rage,” which is a very dangerous thing that you may have heard about.
Boys and girls, I want you close your eyes right now and think about how your classmates might describe you, and how you would describe some of them. Okay. Now tell me, wouldn’t it be nice to be thought of as a boy or girl with a good attitude — someone who is always practicing his or her responsibilities as a loyal follower of Jesus? Someone who is kind, and thoughtful and a good friend? Or would you rather be thought of as someone who answers every bad deed with with more bad deeds — someone who goes to school with a bad case of “grumpy-itis.” In the future boys and girls, will anyone really care who bumped into you in the hall or who broke your pencil? Of course not. But in the future it will be important if you are remembered as a shining bright light reflecting the Love of Jesus! How wonderful that would be!
Boys and girls, there are definitely times when we must stay away from bad people and bad things, and your parents and teachers have taught you how to be safe. It’s very, very important that you listen to and obey your parents and teachers. It is also important that you stand up for yourself and the things that you believe and not let others bully you. You see boys and girls, today’s lesson is not about being afraid or timid when you face bad things. It’s about being strong enough to remember the lessons you learned about facing these things. Not a single one of us is perfect and we don’t always follow the instructions that Jesus has given us. But if you really try hard, if you start today by trying to be a little bit kinder or friendlier to someone with “grouchy-itis,” maybe — just maybe, you’ll make a new friend. And that would please God!
Children’s Sunday Sermon
February 27, 2011
Good morning boys and girls. Today I would like to start out with a story about a boy who was always worrying. He was looking at his test paper that his teacher had just graded. “I worried about this test all night,” he said. “I worried and worried and worried.” The little girl next to him asked, “So what happened?” “I got an A. I guess wasted a good worry!”
In our Bible Lesson today we read about something really important that Jesus does not want us to do. He says, “I am telling you not to worry about your life.” Why would He say this, boys and girls? Jesus is telling us that the best way for us not to worry, the way we can get rid of all of our extra worries is to put our trust in God.
Of course all of us — parents, teachers, adults and all of you children will experience some tough times in life. This is part of growing up and becoming responsible adults. This is part of learning to get along with others, having good feelings in your family, and meeting nice friends. This is part of making your way through you school and Bible Lessons and planning for your future after your school years. And when you are an adult and have your own family, there will be new responsibilities and challenges. But Jesus tells us in our Lesson today that if we have trust in God, we can leave the big worries to him. Jesus is not telling us that we don’t have to be responsible for things that are expected of us as loyal followers, but He is saying, if we spend all of our time worrying about the little things, the constant worrying can get in the way of us becoming the persons God wants us to be.
Boys and girls it is not possible for us to be just like Jesus. But we can follow His great examples instead of worrying about the little things. It is not possible for us to be able to teach just like Jesus, but we can share His teaching with our brothers and sisters in our faith community. It is not possible for us to heal like Jesus, but we can send around the healing love that He asked us to share with our neighbors. And now boys and girls I hope that this week you all do a little less worrying and a little more practicing the Lessons we have learned in our Bibles. The Lessons from the Greatest Teacher ever!