Children’s Sermon: “Help Is On the Way”

“Help Is On the Way”
Luke 7:1-10
June 2, 2013 (Second Sunday of Pentecost)
First Christian Church
Minneapolis, MN

Do you know what’s been happening in Oklahoma?  Yes, the people who live there have had to deal with tornadoes.  Tornadoes are scary.  I’ve been through one and they are not nice.  People who had homes lost their homes and all the things that were in it.  It’s very sad.

But you know what?  A lot of people have been helping the people of Oklahoma.  People have given money to things like Week of Compassion to help people have food to eat or a place to stay.

There’s a story in the Bible, it’s in the seventh chapter of Luke, where Jesus meets the friend of a soldier.  The soldier was from another country, that ruled Israel where Jesus lived.  Even though he was from a different country, he was friends with the people in the town he lived in.  He even built a synogogue for his friends so they could worship God.  Well, this soldier’s servant was really sick and he was really concerned.  He knew Jesus could heel his servant so his friends went to Jesus and told him the story of this man.  Jesus went to see the soldier when some more friends came and said the Jesus that he didn’t have to meet the soldier face to face.  He believed that Jesus could heal the servant from far away.

Jesus was really surprised.  He healed the servant because of the soldier’s face.  It was important that Jesus healed the servant and it was important that the soldier had such faith, but you know what was really important?  The soldier’s friends.  Even though he was from a far-a-way land they cared for him and wanted to help him.  If they weren’t around, the soldier wouldn’t be able to share that his servant was sick.

It’s important to be helpers.  That’s why we as followers of Jesus pray for each other or give money to help people when bad things happen.  There was a man that I used to watch on TV when I was around your age.  His name was Mr. Rogers and he was a pastor.  He said that whenever we are scared we should look for people to help.

A few months ago, a fire burned down a church in Kentucky.  We sent them some hymnals so they could sings songs in service.  We did that because we wanted to help and because we believe in God and Jesus who always helps us.  God is always there to help us and because of that, we should be ready to help others.  Let’s pray.

Dear God, help us to have the faith of soldier and help us to be helpers to others who are in need.  We pray for all the kids here as they end their school years and start the summer.  Amen.

Children’s Sermon: “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark!”

“Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark!”
Revelation 21:10-22:5
Sixth Sunday of Easter
May 5, 2013
First Christian Church
Minneapolis, MN

Morning, guys.  So, I wanted to ask you all: are you afraid of the dark?  When I was your age, my Mom and Dad had a nighlight in my room, because I was scared of the dark.  Actually, the dark still kind of scares me.  When I would visit my relatives in Louisiana, they lived in the country, far away from street lights and the roads could get really dark and scary.

So there was this guy named John who wrote a book in the Bible called Revelation.  He has this dream and he’s shown heaven.  Actually, it’s heaven on earth.  It’s a really beautiful place and the thing is, it’s never night there.  John says it’s because the light comes from God, so it’s always day and never night.

We believe that one day we are going see this. But you know what?  We can see that now, because God is always with us, even when things are dark.  God right now is like our nightlight, and one day God will be like the sun, and there won’t be anything to make us scared.

So, when things are kind of scary, or even if you’re trying to go to sleep in a dark room.  Know that God is with us, like a nightlight, telling us not to be afraid because God is right there with us.  Let’s pray.

Children’s Sermon: “We’ll Leave the Light On For You”

I’ve started to get in the habit of preparing for a children’s sermon in the same way I do the regular sermon. So, after some studying, I wrote the following down for yesterday’s sermon. The gospel used is the one for Easter Evening in the lectionary.

‘We’ll Leave the Light On For You” (Children’s Sermon)
Luke 24:13-35
Second Sunday of Easter
April 7, 2013
First Christian Church
Minneapolis, MN

So, I have a story to tell you.

well-leave-the-light-on1There were these two guys walking down the road from Jerusalem. They were going to village named Emmaus. Jesus had risen from the dead and decided to join his friends, but he didn’t tell them who he was and his friends didn’t recognize him at first. They’re kind of sad that Jesus had died and now it was the third day when he said he would rise from the dead. His body is gone from the tomb and they don’t know where it went.

So, Jesus uses this opportunity to talk to them and he tells the all about him and what was going to happen and why it had to happen.

This took a long time because when they got to Emmaus, the two disciples asked Jesus to stay with them for the night since it was getting dark and the roads could be dangerous. They were practicing something called hospitality, welcoming people into their home or protecting them from harm.

When Jesus joined them for dinner, he broke bread which was a Jewish custom for giving thanks to God. It was then the two men realized that this was Jesus! And just like that, he was gone. He dissappeared. The two got up and ran back to Jerusalem to tell the others that Jesus was alive!

Why do you think this story is important? There are a lot of reasons but one is how important is to welcome people including strangers, people we don’t know. One writer said we should always be hospitable because we might be welcoming angels and don’t know it! The two men welcomed Jesus and didn’t know it, but because they did, they got to see Jesus.

When we welcome people, we might see Jesus in those people. Let’s pray.