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Staring or Preparing?

 A 5-minute children’s sermon for Ascension Sunday is embedded below. You have permission to use this video to augment an online Sunday service broadcast.

What should we be doing while waiting for Jesus to return? Simply staring up at the sky? After Jesus ascended to heaven on Mount Olivet, the disciples were left standing there, staring and reluctant to move until a couple of angels appeared. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

It was time to stop staring and start preparing by sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Before Jesus ascended into heaven to return to the Father, he said, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” The disciples had work to do.

Spreading the Good News of the Gospel is like planting seeds. You hope that the person who hears about God’s love will accept the message and love God in return. Likewise, when you sow a seed into the ground, you hope that the plant will grow and produce something beautiful or nutritious.

Prayer: Dear Jesus, help us to spread the Gospel of your love for all to everyone that we meet.

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