Two-Faced

I’ll ask you the same question that Jesus asked his disciples after they had heard this story; which son did what his father wanted him to do? (Wait for answers.) Yes, the first son did the right thing. Were these sons two-faced? (Wait for answers.) Yes. Both of them said one thing and did the opposite. The first son said the wrong thing and did the right thing. The second son said the right thing and did the wrong thing. In the end, do you think it’s more important to say the right thing or to do the right thing? (Let children respond.) Actions speak louder than words. Of course, the best thing would be to both say and do the right thing.

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Rich or Poor?

Do you think Jesus wants us to think it’s bad to be rich? (Let children answer.) Some people think the Bible says that money is the root of all evil, but it doesn’t say that. It says that the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. It is hard to love God if riches are very, very important to you, because the money and things you can buy take up so much of your love. Can you take your toys or clothes or cars with you to heaven? (Kids respond.) In the end, those things aren’t very important, are they? It’s more important to be with God.

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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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