Children’s Sermon: Better Know A Liturgy – Puzzle Pieces (the creed)

Bring a puzzle. Show the VBS 2017 video.

I’m so happy you’re here today!

We’re back to talking about the liturgy this week – the different things we do on Sunday morning that make up our church service. We’ve talked about a lot so far – why we preach, sing, shake hands, and confess our sins and ask God for forgiveness. Today we’re going to talk about this thing we do right after my sermon and right after we sing a song together. And that’s….the Creed.

Creed is a funny word. Can we say that word together? Creed. There are three different creeds that we could use in church but usually we only use 2. The one we’re using today is the shorter one and it’s called the Apostles’ Creed. We call it the Apostles’ creed because legend says that the apostles, Jesus’ friends, put the Creed together. And how did they do that? By thinking about this – show a puzzle.

This is a puzzle that has a few pieces still to put together. And that’s house puzzles work – we look at the picture and try to use different pieces to put it together. Do the puzzle with the kids for a bit.

Look! Here’s our finished puzzle. Each piece was needed to show the rest. And that’s how this creed works. The creed is made up of different part of Jesus’ story and why Jesus’ story matters. Each piece is important because, without it, we won’t know fully how God loves us. We recite it each week because it helps remind us just how much Jesus loves us and why Jesus is important. And we also recite it because, sometimes, there are different parts of the puzzle that don’t make a lot of sense to us, or parts we don’t understand. Or parts that we don’t necessary think are true that day. The creed isn’t here as a test – as if we have to understand or get or fully believe every single part to call ourselves a Christian. The Creed matters for us because it’s a complete picture of who Jesus is. And when we don’t understand pieces of the puzzles, we know that the person next to us might get it. And we might understand the pieces of the puzzle that the person next to us doesn’t get. The creed helps remind us that we are all, as a community, growing closer to Jesus. All of us, together, are needed to figure out who God wants us to be. The creed is, then, what we as a community, teach and share, the fullness of Jesus’ story. The creed is a picture of Jesus and faith that helps us see Jesus – and live out the Christian faith.

So, in honor of the creed and how it’s a statement that shows what this community teaches, we’re going to show a short slideshow about how we taught, and sang, and ate, and played this Jesus thing out in last week’s VBS.

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 11th Sunday After Pentecost, 8/20/2017.