Children’s Sunday Sermon
May 6, 2018
Good morning girls and boys! I heard a story about a little boy who was roughhousing with his dog. His mother said to him, “Now, Joey I know you love Rover, but you’re loving him too much. How would you feel if someone huge picked you up and squeezed you so hard you couldn’t breathe?”
The boy thought for a moment and then said, “I guess I’d feel like it was my birthday and Aunt Janice was here!”
Then there’s the story about two brothers named William and Wayne. Will was 12 years old and his little brother was 3. The neighbors noticed they always went everywhere together. Wayne really liked being with his big brother and that was nice. One day a neighbor asked the boys’ mother why they did everything together, even though there was a big difference in their ages. “Well,” the mother replied, “didn’t you know: where there’s a Will, there’s a Wayne.”
Those are funny stories boys and girls about a boy who really loved his dog, and another boy that really loved his brother!
And today we have a story in our Bibles about what Jesus has to say about love: “What I command you is this…TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER.
Wow! That sounds like Jesus is serious boys and girls, doesn’t it? He is commanding us! And the more we learn about what Jesus has told us in the Bible, the more we understand that it is the most important lesson of all! To love one another!
What do we think about when we say we should love each other? Love makes us think about . . .
Giving and sharing and caring;
Listening to others with tenderness, kindness, gentleness, and forgiveness;
Considering our friends, our neighbors, and family members — before thinking about ourselves.
I know many of you have a dog at home that you may like to roughhouse with. Or maybe you even have an Aunt Janice who really likes to squeeze hard when she gives you a hug. The next time you see your dog, or your Aunt or your Uncle, your brother or your sister, your Mom or your Dad, remember the most important lesson of all. And remember the love that God has for us and what He expects us to do with that love — share it with all of God’s family.
Children’s Sunday Sermon
May 13, 2018
Good morning boys and girls! I’m sure you know some people who make promises and keep them, and others who make promises and don’t keep them. There is an expression that says, “He is true to his word.” Or “she is true to her word.” And it means just that. When we give our word that we will do something then we are being true to our word. It means we will keep our promise. It means we will do what we say. And when you give someone your word, it is very important that you keep true to your word. If you don’t, pretty soon your friends will know you as someone who is not true to his or her word. But if you do, your friends will know you as someone who sticks to his or her word —- and wouldn’t you rather be known as that kind of person, girls, and boys?
Today we read in our Bibles that Jesus said, “Your word is truth.” The word Jesus is talking about is the word of God. And we know, as members of our Christian family that God’s word is the number one truth. God’s word is the truth that we live by, trust, and have faith in.
Can you think about some of the words to live by that we have talked about?
Compassion, and most of all
Boys and girls, as one of Jesus’ loyal followers it’s important to stay true to your promise to try to live these words — because this is God’s Word for us, and God’s Word is Truth!
Children’s Sunday Sermon
May 20, 2018
Good morning boys and girls! Shalom! “Peace Be with you.” That is a good message to start our day with. And we read in our Bibles today that it is a message that Jesus delivered to His followers when He appeared to them after His resurrection. It is important for us to remember, especially in our world today, Jesus’ message of peace, and the peace that His message brings to each one of us.
In the Old Testament in the first part of our Bible, the word for “peace” is, “shalom.” And when you say that word Shalom it is the best thing you could wish for another person. So this morning I wish you all “Shalom.”
In another place in our Bible, also after the resurrection, Jesus says to the disciples, “Peace be with you … As the Father has sent Me I am sending the gift of God’s peace, and I want you to go out into the world and share it.” Where ever we go we should bring with us the peace of God. Jesus sent His first disciples out to share the gift of peace and now He is asking each one of us to share the gift of peace with others.
Boys and girls, you have the power to make a difference in other people’s lives! Isn’t that awesome? But how do you make a difference? That’s right — when you share your gifts with others when you practice the lessons you have been learning each week — when you do the good works as a loyal follower of Jesus you will make a difference. If you bring the peace of God with you everywhere you go, you will be making a difference. And don’t forget to say “Shalom!”
Children’s Sunday Sermon
May 27, 2018
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!