Throw Off the Weights

All of us are in the race God has set before us—our lives are like a race. We try to do what God wants us to do as we walk through life. If we’re carrying around sin and anger and bad feelings, those things can slow us down just like the kids slowed down our racer. We can pray for God’s help to keep us from sin and anger and bad feelings, and we can let God’s forgiveness take away the weight of the sins we do commit. When we’ve finished the race and come to the end of our lives, what happens? (Let children answer.) Jesus is waiting for us, isn’t he? And the people who have gone on before us to heaven are there to cheer us on and encourage us to keep going.

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In Training

For the Sixth Sunday after Epiphany From “Sitting on the Rainbow” Artwork by Elsa Ingulsrud

Scripture Reference: 1 Cor. 9:24-27

Preparation: Bring or wear a pair of running shoes.

I brought along a pair of running shoes to help remind me to get some exercise today. (Show your shoes.) How many of you exercise most days? What do you do for exercise? (Children may answer.) Exercise is good for you, isn’t it? (Here you may share an example of a fitness regimen. My example follows.)

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