Children’s Sunday Sermon
June 3, 2012
Good morning boys and girls. I want to share with you a very nice song that was very popular about forty years ago. It’s called, “Together, Wherever We Go.” The song starts out, “Wherever we go, whatever we do, we’re gonna go through this together.” Isn’t that a nice thought boys and girls? When you think of your family members or maybe even your teachers, isn’t it nice to know that no matter what, you’re gonna get through the good times and the tough times with their help?
That’s kind of the way it is with Jesus. No matter where you go, no matter what you do – “through thick and through thin,” as the song says, Jesus is always right there with you! In fact in today’s Lesson, we read in the Bible that Jesus said, “Know that I am with you always.” Isn’t that a wonderful thought, boys and girls?
Have you ever known someone who was lonely? Maybe it was an older person living alone. Or maybe it was a family member or friend who was going through a hard time in life. Sometimes, for many different reasons, people feel very far away from God. You know boys and girls, Jesus is there for that person too — even if they don’t always know it.
You already have learned what you should do if you know someone who is lonely and needs a friend. You can listen to that person with your heart . . . you can be kind to that person . . . you can share your time with that person. And you know what boys and girls? If you do those things the person you are helping might just realize that Jesus is with them also. And you could be the person who helped them to remember that — maybe by singing this song! What a wonderful gift you’d be giving if that happened!
Boys and girls, now I’m thinking of another song that’s even older called “Get Happy.” This song starts out, “Forget your troubles, come on get happy.” When you ask Jesus, who is always right there by your side to help you with your troubles you can get happy. That’s right! That’s because you’re in it “Together Wherever You Go.” Just like the song says, no matter where you go, no matter what you do, you’re together, with Jesus, always by your side.
So the next time you want to forget your troubles remember what Jesus has promised: “Know that I am with you always.”
Now let’s listen to the songs! And maybe we can even think of some new words!
Children’s Sunday Sermon
June 10, 2012
Good morning boys and girls! In today’s Lesson we read that on the night before His crucifixion, as He and the disciples were gathered at the supper table, Jesus took some bread, gave it to his disciples and said, “Take it, this is My Body. . . Anyone who eats this bread will live forever.”
Jesus has been called “The Bread of Life,” which means that He gives life to us, feeds us, nourishes us, keeps us going so we can do the things that He expects of us. The Love that Jesus has for each one of us is like a good meal that gives us strength. And that strength is not just for us, but also to help us to help others. Jesus gives us strength to love others; strength to be good persons: good neighbors … friends … brothers and sisters.
Boys and girls, your own dinner table at home is also a place of nourishment, not just for your body, but also for your mind and your spirit.
Believe it or not, before radio and television, computers and the Internet, video games and DVD’s, IPhones and Sponge Bob, the dinner table was the most important place where family members gathered together. They gathered not just to eat and give thanks to God, but to talk and ask questions and learn from one another. This was the most important “family time” of the day. In today’s world, we are much busier and have many more distractions and obligations, and unfortunately we don’t always have as much time to spend around the dinner table as people used to.
These days, we seem to be in a hurry to do everything. We have microwave ovens to quickly prepare TV dinners. We have fast food restaurants with drive-through windows. You can even get an entire meal in a special milkshake that you buy in a can! And who knows, maybe someday, someone will invent a little pill that you can take that will be your entire dinner! I don’t think I like that idea very much boys and girls.
I have an idea. Instead of fast food, let’s start thinking about “slow food.” Let’s try to slow down, especially at dinner so we can enjoy the time we spend with our family. So tonight, as you hear the mealtime prayer, say to yourself:
Thank you Lord, for this meal we are about to receive and for my wonderful family who is here to share it with me. And please help me to remember to slow down! Help me to take time to appreciate the nourishment You have provided. Thank you for giving me the strength to be a true member of the Christian family.
Remember boys and girls — the Love that Jesus has for each one of us is like a good meal that gives us strength. And that strength is not just for us, but also to help us to help others. And that’s always a very good meal!
Children’s Sunday Sermon
June 17, 2012
Good morning girls and boys. Have you ever stopped to think that before the days of television people got their news mostly from the newspaper. When there was a big headline the boy who sold the newspaper out on the street corner would yell out, “Extra, extra read all about it.” And then he would call out whatever the important headline was on the front page. Of course it is a lot different today. All you have to do is turn on the six o’clock news to hear all about it — and maybe you’ve even heard adults say that sometimes there’s just too much bad news on TV to hear all about. But you know what boys and girls, there is a kind of news that we can never get enough of. It is the good News of Jesus Christ that we have been learning about each week in our Bible Lessons. We read today that Jesus said to his disciples, “ Go out to the whole world and preach the Good News to all creation.” Jesus wanted everyone to hear all about it. He wanted everyone to share in the news that we can have eternal life with God. That really is Good News isn’t it boys and girls?
We’ve talk a lot about four sections in our Bible, called the Books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. These four parts of the Bible are called the Gospels. And guess what the word Gospel means? You guessed it. It means Good News!
Boys and girls it is important for us to know what is going on in the world around us. It is important to know about some of the news that is happening in your city and your state and your country and your world. But more importantly, we must also know about the Good News we have right here in our Bible. It’s important that we read all about it!
Children’s Sunday Sermon
June 24, 2012
Good morning girls and boys. Will everyone here who is perfect please raise his or her hand. No one? Well of course no one here is perfect and no human being is perfect. We all have flaws and we all make mistakes, and hopefully, we learn by those mistakes. But even though we are not perfect, we are all special in the eyes of God. Each one of us has special talents and abilities that make us who we are. Some of you may be great spellers. Others good at math, or science or sports, or art, or building things, or taking things apart! Believe it or not, some of the greatest inventors and scientists that ever lived were not very good at schoolwork!
I want to share an old story with you about two pots that were used to store water. One of the pots was smooth and shiny and never had any leaks. It was perfect. The other was rough looking and had small cracks that let out some of the water. After a big storm the pots would both fill up to the top with fresh water. And the next day, when the town’s people would come by to take a drink the perfect pot would always be full, while the rough one would be half empty. And the people would criticize the pot and laugh saying, “look at that cracked pot. It can’t even do its job holding water. Maybe we should get a new pot and replace it.” But soon , people started paying more attention to the cracked pot. They noticed how beautiful it was becoming. Now everyone forgot about the cracks in the rough pot and they liked it best.
Did you figure it out boys and girls? That’s right! The cracked pot leaked the life-giving water and many beautiful flowers began to grow around it. And as the flowers began to bloom, beautiful butterflies and birds appeared. And all of this created a beautiful garden full of life around that old pot. And the perfect pot sat nearby on a dry plot of dirt! So now you see boys and girls that even cracked pots can be special.
That’s a nice story that reminds us that we should look for the special talents and abilities in all of our brothers and sisters. You might not notice at first. But if you open up your eyes and your ears and especially your heart, soon you will see the things that make them special!