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Children’s Sermon First Sunday of Christmas, Luke 2:22-40, December 28, 2014

Prepare: For the children’s sermon you will need a nativity set plus two more figures to be Simeon and Anna. Set up a table with blank paper doll cut outs and crayons and/or colored pencils for the worship station. You can also just have plain paper and pencils for people to write on in you don’t have time for the paper dolls.

20130822-222604.jpg  Gather the children around the nativity set and ask them to tell you about the figures that they see. Once they have gotten to everyone there, ask them if anyone is missing.

FaithCross Yep, there are the kings, and the shepherds, the angel (or angels!), some animals, Mary and Joseph and the baby. It does seem like everyone is there, doesn’t it? I think, though, that we could add some people to the story.

Today in the Gospel lesson we heard about Simeon and Anna. These two people had been waiting for Jesus for a long time! God had told them that they would see Jesus before they died and they were very old when he was born, but like the shepherds and the kings, they were some of the first people to see Jesus and to know who he was!

Simeon and Anna were waiting and preparing, just like we all did during Advent. They know that Jesus was coming, just like we all knew that Christmas would be here soon. There was a difference, though, because we all knew that Christmas would be December 25th, just like it always it. Simeon and Anna didn’t know when Jesus would be born, they just had to wait and trust that God would fulfill the promise. They heard the good news, and felt the same joy as the shepherds and the kings, so I think we should add them scene, so I brought two more figures to add to this nativity. Let’s put them in place.

20130822-223749.jpg  Faithful God, we thank you for the witness of Simeon and Anna, and their long wait to see Jesus. Be with us when whenever we wait for news, good or bad, in our lives. Give us patience, faith and courage to be faithful followers of Christ. Amen.

FaithCross_Worship Just as we added Simeon and Anna to the nativity set, invite the congregation to add someone of their own to the set. Simeon and Anna were witnesses to God’s promise, and are for us today a witness to faith in God’s good works.  Who in your life has been a faithful witness? Who has been a steady and patient believer in God and in you?

Make a paper doll of that person (or write a little about them) and add them to your nativity set at home!

FaithCross_BlessALT  God’s promises are fulfilled in you!

 

~GB

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Children’s Sermon 2nd Sunday in Christmas, John 1:10:18, Ephesians 1:3-14, and/or Jeremiah 31:7-14 – January 5, 2014

Prepare:  Bring a beautifully wrapped box.  There doesn’t need to be anything in it, it is just a visual aid. However, if you wanted to you could have a small baptismal remembrance in the box for each child.  Maybe a small shell, or a dove.  It would be a fun addition, but it is not necessary.

20130822-223454.jpg  Welcome the children with a big “Merry Christmas!”  You may get a few strange looks or “Christmas is over” comments, but that is exactly what you want.

FaithCross  What do you mean Christmas is over?  We still have one more day, today!  This is the last day of the Christmas season – it is the twelfth day of Christmas, just like that song, The Twelve Days of Christmas.  Do you know that song?  I can’t always remember all the gifts that were given in the song, but I do remember that a gift was given for each day of Christmas.  (This is where you would have the gift box out.)  I have a box here all wrapped up like a Christmas gift.  Maybe you got gifts on Christmas, I know that I got a few.

Maybe you are wondering why we are talking about Christmas gifts here?  Well, it’s because all of the readings from the Bible today talk about an amazing gift that God gives to each of us.  God adopts each one of us as God’s children.  Each of us are loved, forgiven, given God’s mercy, accepted by God for who we are.  God sets aside any and all bad things that we have done and loves us more than any of us could imagine.

Wow!  What a gift!  Now, what are you going to do with that gift?  Think about it – What did you do with your other Christmas gifts?  I, for example, got some new pants (ok, insert a gift that you got here) and I am going to wear them!  I might even point them out to people, “Hey, check out these great new pants!”  Well . . . maybe I won’t point them out to everybody, that might be a little weird . . .

Some of you might have gotten Legos, and I bet you will build them and show them to your parents and friends and aunts and uncles.  Some of you might have a new doll or toy truck – I bet you will play with that and take it with you friends houses.  Or maybe you got a new game or a bike!  You will probably play with all of them.

So, what will you do with God’s gift?  Will you keep it a secret?  Will you hide it and not let anyone know that God loves you?  Or will you share God’s amazing love and forgiveness with others?

(If you did bring a reminder for each child hand it out now)

Here is a little reminder that you are loved by God.  Take this with you and share God’s love with everyone you meet!

FaithCross_PrayALT  Loving God, we praise you for your generous gift of love and forgiveness.  We thank you for the grace that gives us another chance when we don’t get things right, and we thank you for the love that surrounds us when we are sad or afraid.  Help us to share your love and grace throughout our lives.  Amen

FaithCross_BlessALT  May God’s Word shine a light into your life today and always.

~GB

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Children’s Sermon 1st Sunday in Christmas, Matthew 2:13-23, December 29, 2013

Prepare:  Bring a pillow, you are going to talk about dreams!

20130822-223520.jpg  Welcome the children and then tell them that you are going to take a little nap.  Make a big show of getting the pillow just right and talk about how you are trying to figure out what to do next with a big project, or wondering about what advice to give to a friend, and you are hoping for a good dream to help you out.  This might get a reaction of “no, that’s silly” or it might not.  Work with whatever you get to start talking about dreams.

FaithCross  So, you don’t think that I will figure out what to do by waiting for a dream?  Maybe you’re right.  I mean, dreams don’t usually mean too much.  It seems like most of the time they are just our brains replaying some of the things that happened during the day.  I mean, even dogs dream!  Or at least they seem to.  Have you ever seen a dog dream?  Sometimes they bark a little, or they look like they are running.  Maybe they are dreaming about chasing a squirrel or cat that they saw.  I know that most of my dreams seem to be about the things I did during the day.  (Tell a quick dream story here.  I will give an example)  I remember I always used to have dreams about work when I used to be a waiter at a restaurant, especially after a really busy night.  I would have dreams that I was running around the restaurant trying to keep up with all the people.  I would wake up more tired than when I went to sleep!

Ok, so if dreams are usually about things that we did during the day, why would I think that I could go to bed to figure out how to help my friend?  In the story we hear from the Gospel today that is exactly what happens!  When Jesus was born there was a king named Herod who heard about a powerful king being born in Bethlehem – that’s was Jesus.  He thought that Jesus was going to take over his kingdom and he didn’t want that to happen.  He was willing to do anything to make sure that Jesus would never get old enough to be king.  Mary and Joseph had no idea what was being planned, until one night when Joseph had a dream where an angel told him to get up and take Mary and Jesus to Egypt, far away from Herod and danger.  That was a pretty special dream.  What’s even more amazing is that Joseph had another dream when it was safe to bring Jesus back home!

God used something as normal and common as a dream to tell Joseph what to do to keep Jesus safe.  That is pretty cool!  Think about all the things that happen to you every day.  All those boring normal things that you just don’t think about.  Could God use those boring things to tell you something?  Keep your eyes and ears ready, you never know when God will tell you something important in an unexpected place!

 FaithCross_PrayALT  God of everything and everywhere, help us to be open to hearing and seeing you in every little thing that happens.  Fill our days with the wonder of your love and grace.  Amen

FaithCross_BlessALT  May God’s Word shine a light into your life today and always.

~GB

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