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Like a Tree

 Seventh Sunday of Easter

From “Sitting on the Rainbow”

Scripture Reference: 1 John 5:1-2
Psalm 1:1-3 and 1 John 5:12 “He who has the Son, has life.”

Preparation (optional): You may bring a couple of small, leafy branches for your young volunteers to hold while they pretend to be trees.

Trees are nice, aren’t they? I really like trees, and I think God must like them, too. He made so many of them, and so many different kinds! I’d like to read to you verses from the very first psalm in the Bible—Psalm 1, verses 1 through 3—because it talks about trees.

“Oh the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked . . . but they delight in doing everything the Lord wants; day and night they think about his law. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season without fail. Their leaves never wither, and in all they do, they prosper” (nlt).

These verses tell us that a follower of God is like a tree. If we had some trees here to talk with, we might be able to understand this a little better. Could I have a couple of volunteers to be trees this morning? (Pick two volunteers to interview.) I’d like our trees to stand up tall with their branches outstretched, and be ready to answer a few questions. (Have two kids get into place. You may hand them small branches to hold.)

(Interview both trees, asking what is most important to them or what it is they need to survive. My example follows.) Hello! You’re a fine looking tree. I’d like to know: what is the most important thing to you? (Let “tree” answer, but guide the answer to include the sun.) The sun is pretty important to a tree, isn’t it? Of course, trees need other things as well, like water and minerals and clean air. But without the sun, there can be no life at all. Did you know that the “Son” also is important to the life of a Christian? This time, though, I’m talking about the Son of God, Jesus. Just as a tree needs the sun to grow and be strong, we need God’s Son to grow as Christians and be strong in the Lord. (Thank the trees and invite them to sit down with you again.)

I’d like you to say a verse with me from 1 John 5:12. It’s a good verse to memorize. “He who has the Son has life” (rsv). (Have kids repeat the verse a couple of times.) Today, when you see a beautiful tree with its new leaves stretching toward the sun, remember this verse. “He who has the Son has life.”

Prayer:  We thank you, Lord, for sending your Son, Jesus, who brings us everlasting life.

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