Children’s Sermon: Better Know A Liturgy – Telling God’s Story (the sermon)

Bring the book “Math Jokes 4 Mathy Folks.”

I’m so happy you’re here today!

So this is week seven of our time talking about worship – about liturgy – about what we do on Sunday mornings. We’ve talked about the prelude and the lighting of candles. We’ve talked about making announcements and being a welcoming space for all kinds of people who gather here to talk about God. We talked about Confession & Forgiveness – where we start our worship by being honest about the ways we make mistakes and how God, through forgiveness, helps us be more like Jesus. We talked about shaking hands and sharing peace with each other cuz that’s what Jesus today. We’ve talked about why we sing and why we read bible verses during church.

But before we get to our next section, I have a joke for you.

Knock knock. Who’s there? Interrupting Cow. Interrupting cow wh—moooooo!

Do you like jokes? I like jokes. And there are a bunch of funny jokes out there. Recently, I found this book called “Math Jokes 4 Mathy Folks.” It’s a book full of math jokes. Now, you might not know much math yet. But math is all about numbers and addition and subtraction and all of that. And I used to know a lot of math…once…since I studied a lot of it in college as an engineer. So let’s looks some of these jokes: go over some of the simple jokes.

So now you know some new jokes! And hopefully you found them funny. And you know what? You laughed and smiled and looked confused because I told you these jokes. You needed someone to tell you them before you experienced all these things.

And that’s sort of why, each Sunday, I share a children’s sermon and another sermon with everyone. After we hear some of God’s words from the Bible, I…talk. And I talk not because I like hearing myself speak. I share a sermon because, with the help of the Holy Spirit, I try to unpack a piece of God for all of us. I pray and pray and think and think and, hopefully, the Holy Spirit shows all of us a little bit of who Jesus is, who we are, how much God loves us, and how God wants us to live our lives. Not every sermon is great or perfect. But each sermon spends time with God and the Holy Spirit, inviting us to know God more because…I honestly believe that having Jesus in your life truly makes a difference. And how can we know how important Jesus is unless someone shares that love with us through their words and their actions?

Part of our job is to share Jesus in our words and actions. That’s what we’re doing here every Sunday and what God helps us do every other day do the week too.

Thank you for being up here and I hope you have a blessed week!

Each week, I share a reflection for all children of God. The written manuscript serves as a springboard for what I do. This is from Christ Lutheran Church’s Worship on the 9th Sunday After Pentecost, 8/06/2017.

Children’s Sermon: Better Know A Liturgy – God’s Story

Bring a bag of books! We’re also showing our publicity video today.

I’m so happy you’re here today!

So this is week six of our time talking about worship – about liturgy – about what we do on Sunday mornings. We’ve talked about the prelude and the lighting of candles. We’ve talked about making announcements and being a welcoming space for all kinds of people who gather here to talk about God. We talked about Confession & Forgiveness – where we start our worship by being honest about the ways we make mistakes and how God, through forgiveness, helps us be more like Jesus. We talked about shaking hands and sharing peace with each other cuz that’s what Jesus today. And last time, 2 weeks ago, we talked about why we sing.

But before we get to worship, I have a question for you: do you like stories? What’s your favorite story?

I know I’ve shared books here before of stories I share with my two kids. And these are all books that we read a lot during bedtime. Go through the stack of books. You might know these or you might have your own. And we learn about these stories in a lot of different ways. We might hear stories our parents or guardians liked and then they shared them with us. We might learn new stories at school or daycare. A friend might tell us a story to read or we might just find one when we are at the library, browsing through books. Stories are important and it’s good to read and share these stories.

Which is why, every Sunday, we hear God’s story. And we hear that story in….show a bible. Every Sunday we hear different part of God’s story. We hear about God’s story with the people of Israel. We hear something that Jesus did or said. We hear a bit of a letter or special writing that others shared as well. We hear god’s story each and every Sunday because when we know God’s story, we know how much God love us and we learn how God wants us to live our lives. So the more we hear God’s story, the more our story become God’s.

So in honor of telling stories, we’re going to watch a story about this church that we just created. It was organized and devised by Mr. Scance, one of the musicians here, and it’s a 10 minute film about the story of this church – about who we are, what we do, and where we are going!

So go back to your seats and get ready to watch CLC’s story

Each week, I share a reflection for all children of God. The written manuscript serves as a springboard for what I do. This is from Christ Lutheran Church’s Worship on the 8th Sunday After Pentecost, 7/30/2017.

Children’s Sermon: Better Know A Liturgy – Gathering hymn and all singing

Bring a bag of puppets.

I’m so happy you’re here today!

So this is week five of our time talking about worship – about liturgy – about what we do on Sunday mornings. We’ve talked about the prelude and the lighting of candles. We’ve talked about making announcements and being a welcoming space for all kinds of people who gather here to talk about God. Last week, we talked about Confession & Forgiveness – where we start our worship by being honest about the ways we make mistakes and how God, through forgiveness, helps us be more like Jesus. Last week we talked about shaking hands and sharing peace with each other cuz that’s what Jesus today.

And today we’re gonna talk about singing! And we’re gonna use puppets to do it.

Pass out puppets. So which puppet do you have? What noises does that animal make? What noises would that animal make if it sang? Some of these animals would probably have beautiful voices. But some of them….might sound bad. Some might be loud or scratchy or hissy or just hurt our ears. A moose and a snake sing differently and not always good to our ears.

Now, this week, I got to sing the song Happy Birthday to someone. And that’s a song most of us know. But I want to tell you something: I didn’t always like singing happy birthday. I didn’t always like singing. I didn’t like my voice. I never took lessons. I still get nervous singing because I still sometimes struggle with my voice. Learning to sing takes time, and effort, and work. And sometimes we don’t sing as well as we want to.

But we sing in church – loudly, no matter how we think our voice sounds. We might sing beautifully, or we might think we sound like a moose. We might sing a song that we’ve never seen before or one we’ve seen a million times. But whatever we see, we sing. We sing because music moves us; songs inspire us; and when we want to share how much God loves us and how big a difference jesus makes in our lives – sometimes only a song will do.

Thank you for being here! And I hope to see you next week (except I’ll be on vacation).

Each week, I share a reflection for all children of God. The written manuscript serves as a springboard for what I do. This is from Christ Lutheran Church’s Worship on the 6th Sunday After Pentecost, 7/16/2017.

Children’s Sermon: Better Know A Liturgy – “Lift Up Your Hearts”

A Repeat of 1/18 CS because we didn’t do a CS on 1/18. Ask the kids to bring up their bulletins.

So today we’re gonna look at something in our bulletin – and talk about it.

Right before we do communion – before I start talking about the Last Supper – and the words Jesus gave us to say – there’s this little bit of conversation between me, as the pastor, and everyone out there in the congregation – including you. And there’s a bit that I say – it goes “The Lord be with you” and then everyone says “And also with you.”

What’s the next part that I say after that? (Help them find it in the bulletin – Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord).

Now this part of the worship is important and it is very old – and it’s called the Sursum Corda (Latin for Lift Up Your Hearts). The ancient church developed this over 1700 years ago. If you go back into the writing we have from that early time, all ancient worship dealing with communion include this back and forth. And it sets the stage for communion – its where we greet each other (the Lord be with you), and there’s an invitation for us to life our hearts to God, and then a reminder that we should give thanks to God for all that we have – and this t leads into communion – into the Lord’s Supper – where we either receive the bread and the drink – or receive a blessing here at the rail.

Now, I want to focus on the word heart today. When you hear “heart,” what do you think of? (Wait for answers. Help them with answers if they need it.)

Now, when the ancient church was first around, they didn’t know as much about the human body as we did. They didn’t know what the heart was and how it worked. They thought the heart was the center of us. Our thoughts, experiences, even our soul lived there. Our heart was everything that made us who we are – and so, when we say that we should lift up our hearts – we’re saying that we’re suppose to lift up everything we are and we have to God.

Now, if we’re suppose to lift everything to God – to show them to God – what things can we bring to God? (our selves, what we own, our money, what we have, our thoughts, etc).

Now, we usually think we can only bring the things we own – and good things to God too. And that’s right. All that we have that we find as blessings – they are gifts from God. And we should bring them to God and say thank you.

But there’s more, I think, than just the good things. I think we’re also allowed to bring our bad stuff too. You know, when we were angry or hurt someone or we weren’t nice. Maybe we yelled at our sister or said something we shouldn’t. We usually don’t bring those to God – we usually want to keep them away from God – but I think we should bring them to God. We should bring all of us to God because, in Holy Communion, we are invited to God’s table – and it doesn’t matter if we’re not perfect. We’re invited to be with Jesus – because you, and me, and everyone out there – we’re all worth being known and loved by God.

Thank you! I’ll seeya next week.

Each week, I share a reflection for all children of God. The written manuscript serves as a springboard for what I do. This is from Christ Lutheran Church’s Worship on the 3rd Sunday After Epiphany, 1/25/2015.