A Glimpse of Glory

Jesus was showing his disciples that he was truly special, that he was the Son of God. How do you think that made them feel about him? (Let children answer.) Jesus wanted to remind them that no matter what might happen, and no matter how sad they might feel or how bad things might seem, Jesus was very, very special. He was God’s Son. He would always be there to help them. This is what we remember and celebrate on Transfiguration Sunday.

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Dry Bones

Ezekiel was given this dream to show him that God could do anything. The people of Israel were alive, but they felt very sad inside. They had stopped listening to God. It was as if their spirits were dead, like those dry bones. God sent the prophet Ezekiel to them to bring their hope and their spirits back to life. Sometimes we feel sad and far away from God. We may feel like the Lord doesn’t hear our prayers. We don’t have to stay that way, far away from God like a dry bone. God wants us to be alive in him, full of the Holy Spirit and happy to be children of God. If we open our hearts and lives to him, the Spirit of God will come whooshing into our lives again.

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Thanksgiving Always

For the Sunday before or after Thanksgiving From “Barefoot in the Snow”

Scripture Reference: 1 Thess. 5:16-18 “Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

Preparation: Bring a calendar that clearly shows the month names and a fat, washable, red marker (in case a child misses the calendar page and marks clothing instead).

When is Thanksgiving? Can anybody tell me? (Let children respond.) Thanksgiving is (or was) this Thursday? Are

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God’s Good Gifts

I have a delicious-looking [cupcake] here. Would anyone want to ask me for a bite of it? (Let kids respond.) You may think you want this [cupcake]; it looks good, doesn’t it? But I’m not going to give you a piece. I know something that you don’t. Let me cut the [cupcake] open so you can see what’s inside. (Cut the cupcake open on the cutting board to reveal the inedible insides.) Do you see why I didn’t give you what you asked for? God wants us to pray to him whenever we want anything, but we have to remember to trust that God knows what is best and will give us only things that would be good for us.

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The Reminder

6th Sunday of Easter From “Scolding the Snakes” Scripture Reference: John 14:26 Preparation: Tie colored yarn around three of your fingers as visual reminders. You may cut extra lengths of yarn and bring these to hand out to children at the end of the sermon.

Why do you suppose I have these colored strings tied around my fingers? (Hold your hand up and let children guess.) Sometimes people tie strings around their fingers to remind them of something. Let’s say you have to bring your

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The Body of Christ

3rd Sunday after the Epiphany Adapted from “Scolding the Snakes” Artwork by Elsa Ingulsrud Scripture Reference: 1 Cor. 12:12-27

What do you think is the most important part of your body? (Let children share ideas; challenge their choices.) If you had strong muscles but no nerves to send signals to your brain, would you be able to do anything with those muscles? No! If you had good eyes and could see the tiniest thing from far away, but your eyelids wouldn’t stay open, would

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Wishbone

Pentecost Proper 25 From “Sitting on the Rainbow” Artwork by Elsa Ingulsrud Scripture Reference: Mark 10:46-52

Preparation: Bring a wishbone to pull and break with one of the children.

What is this little thing I’m holding? Can someone tell me? (Hold up the wishbone and let the children explain what it is and what people do with it.) It’s a wishbone, isn’t it? Why is it called a wishbone? Two people take hold of the bone—one on either end—and they each make a wish.

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Let the Children Come

Pentecost Proper 22 From “Sitting on the Rainbow” Artwork by Elsa Ingulsrud Scripture Reference: Mark 10:13-16

Preparation (optional): You may bring along a “welcome” mat or sign from your home.

Does anyone know what the word “welcome” means? You sometimes see the word on a mat in front of a door. Or you might see a sign along the road that reads “Welcome to Minnesota” or “Welcome to the Dew Drop Inn.” (You may pass around your own welcome sign.) A welcome sign is

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Praying with God

Pentecost Proper 21 From “Sitting on the Rainbow” Artwork by Elsa Ingulsrud Scripture Reference: James 5:13-18

Preparation: A good illustration for this talk is a portable CD or cassette player with a familiar song ready to play.

How many of you sing in a choir? Raise your hands. Do you enjoy singing with other people? What do you like about it? (A volunteer may respond.) What would it sound like if a choir got up to sing, and one section started to sing “Happy Birthday,”

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Healing Everything

For the Seventh Sunday after Epiphany From “Sitting on the Rainbow”

Scripture Reference: Mark 2:1-12

Preparation: Bring several bottles of medicine, including a bottle of cough syrup.

If you couldn’t get to sleep because you were coughing so much and coughing so hard that your throat was getting sore, what might your mom or dad do to help you? (Let children respond.) They might give you cough syrup to calm down the cough so you could sleep. (Show cough syrup.) That’s what this medicine

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