4th Sunday of Easter From “Scolding the Snakes” Scripture Reference: John 10:25-30 and Ps. 23
Following the Shepherd’s Voice
How many of you answer the telephone in your home? (Let kids raise their hands.) Now, tell me this: how many of you have answered the phone and guessed who was calling, just by his or her voice—before the person on the other end told you who it was? Are you good at recognizing voices? (Let kids respond.) If we hear a voice that we’ve heard
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2nd Sunday in Lent From “Scolding the Snakes” Scripture Reference: Luke 13:31-35
Preparation: Bring pictures of a fox and/or a hen and baby chicks to illustrate talk.
In today’s Gospel lesson from Luke, we are told that some leaders of the Jewish people (called Pharisees) came to Jesus after he had finished preaching to a crowd of people. They told him, “You’d better get out of here if you want to live, because Herod Antipas wants to kill you.” Herod was the ruler of the
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Pentecost Proper 11 From “Sitting on the Rainbow” Artwork by Elsa Ingulsrud Scripture Reference: Mark 6:30-34
The Gospel reading for today talks about sheep without a shepherd. Mark 6 says that when Jesus saw the crowds of people who came to listen to him, he felt sorry for them because they were like sheep without a shepherd.
You may never have seen sheep without a shepherd, but have any of you ever seen a child without a parent? A lost child is a very sad thing.
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Fourth Sunday of Easter From “Saving the Ants” Artwork by Elsa Ingulsrud Scripture Reference: Psalm 23
Preparation: (Optional) Bring cotton balls to represent sheep or make simple sheep from pom-poms to hand out to the children.
Does anyone know who King David was? He was king of Israel a long time ago. Do you know what he did before he became a king? He was a shepherd. A shepherd doesn’t have a very glamorous job. He has to take care of a big flock of sheep.
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For the Second Sunday of Advent From “Sitting on the Rainbow”
Scripture Reference: Isa. 40:1-11 “He will carry the lambs in his arms, holding them close to his heart.”
Preparation: You may want to ask adult volunteers to help you with the big group hug at the end of the sermon.
It’s the second Sunday in Advent, isn’t it? During Advent, we wait for the coming of Jesus at Christmas. Sometimes it feels like we have to wait for a long time. If you have
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For the Last Sunday after Pentecost or Proper 29: Christ the King Sunday (Lectionary 34) From “Saving the Ants” Artwork by Elsa Ingulsrud
Scripture References: Matt. 25:31-46 and Ez. 34:11, 16 “I myself will search for my sheep…I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak…”
Preparation: Bring a large cardboard or wooden shepherd’s staff to help ’round up the sheep.’
What does a king do? Can anyone tell me
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From Saving the Ants by Ruth Gilmore For the Fourth Sunday of Easter
Scripture Reference: John 10:1-10 “I am the gate for the sheep… Those who come in through me will be saved.”
Preparation: (Optional) You can bring a picture of Jesus as the Shepherd or point out a picture in the church. Show your illustration after asking the children if they know who the Good Shepherd is. Pick your volunteer ‘wolf’ out ahead of time.
Who is the Good Shepherd? Can anyone
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(This script was used at a church camp called “Wolf Mountain.)
Summary: A sheep with many fears learns to trust the Good Shepherd, Jesus.
Cast: Baaa-Bara Ann; a silly little sheep with some very big worries… and You; a sensible, sensitive type who is willing to help a small sheep.
You: I’d like to tell you the story of The Boy Who Cried “Wolf.” This story is often called a ‘fable,’ because there is a moral at the end; a lesson that is taught
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