Preparation: a Lighting McQueen toy. Keep it hidden in a bag!
Faith+Open: As the children gather get, them ready for a silly competition. For example, in my worship setting the children usually sit on the floor of the chancel. I might have them all remain standing and have a race to see who can sit down criss-cross the fastest on the count of 3.
Faith+Share: You guys sure can sit down fast! Do you like to race? (Wait for a few answers.) Have you ever been in a race that had a prize at the end? Maybe a ribbon or a medal? (Get a few answers again.) I brought a famous racer today, can anyone tell me about this guy? What was he racing for (in the first movie!)? That’s right, the Piston Cup! Well, one of the Bible stories today Paul (remember him? The guy who wrote all those letters?) writes about a race. He talks about how when people race it usually for something that doesn’t last, like a trophy or a ribbon or, like in Paul’s day, a wreath that would dry up and be tossed aside. Paul says that we also run a race with for a prize that lasts forever, but it’s not really the same kind of race. Remember our friend Lighting here? Well, at the end of the first movie he is racing against his two big rivals, Chick Hicks and The King. Lighting is doing everything he can to win the race so that he can get the Piston Cup and a new team, but when Chick Hicks makes The King crash he stops and helps him, and loses the race! But he wins a much better prize than a trophy because he stopped to help someone and to show real love a care. That’s like the race Paul is talking about. A race to learn how to love other people the way God loves us. Paul is encouraging us to share God’s stories, and to show God’s love to everyone. By doing that, we can be God’s light in the world and we can help other people win their races, too.
Faith+Prayer: Loving God, teach us to run your race! To love each other the way that you love us. Amen
Faith+Blessing: May your eyes be opened to see all the amazing works of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.