Note: Dog story followed by children’s sermon:
The palm branches brought in by our pastor for this Palm Sunday were augmented by large fan-shaped branches gleaned from the nearby woods here in Tokyo, and carried in by eager middle schoolers to create a very green and festive opening hymn processional. As the parade of Sunday School students ended, many of the large branches were placed on the floor at the front of the church where the children typically gather for the kids’ sermon. It made
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5th Sunday in Lent From “Scolding the Snakes” Scripture Reference: John 12:1-8
Preparation: Bring a reproduction of a religious work of art (from a poster, book, or magazine). It would be nice if this were a biblical scene the students might recognize.
I’d like each of you to imagine that you are a famous artist. You’ve been practicing your drawing and painting for a long, long time. Now you can draw whatever you can picture in your mind. If you want to draw a
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For the Fifth Sunday in Lent From “Sitting on the Rainbow” Scripture Reference: Psalm 51
Preparation: Bring a small bottle of vegetable or olive oil, a damp cloth, and soap.
Have you ever gotten oil on your hands and then tried to wash it off with water? Does the oil rinse off? (Let children respond.) No, it doesn’t come off with just water, does it? What else do you need to get oil off your hands? (Someone may offer the correct answer.) Right: you need
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For the Third Sunday in Lent
From “Sitting on the Rainbow” Artwork by Elsa Ingulsrud Scripture Reference: Exod. 20:7
Does everyone here have a name? Names are important aren’t they? Everybody has a name. Let’s hear some of your names. (Let children respond.) How do you feel about your name? Do you like it? (Children may share.) You should feel good about your name. It is very precious. When you were just a tiny baby, you received your name. The best name for you that
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