When the one leper thanked Jesus, I bet it made Jesus feel good. Theme: Everyone is invited to God's celebration. And when that light shone down on all the people there, who were dressed in such nice clothes and sitting on those beautiful wooden pews, singing and praying together, listening to the choirs sing and the organ play and the pastor speak, I felt like I was in a special place, a place that felt like home, a place where I felt welcome. This is the day that You have made; we will rejoice and be glad in it! I can't imagine why, but some people will turn down God's invitation. When I was asked to preach … People learn in many ways. It is our way of showing God we appreciate his love. (Pass out noisemakers.) I’m gonna go grumpy on this one. Copyright © 2007-2020 Ministry-to-Children. When we sang, we were led by a lady who played the organ, and that was the only time anywhere that I heard the sound of that musical instrument. All Rights Reserved. But, sometimes, the only way to have peace is to fight first. Next you have to decide what you are going to serve and go to the store to buy refreshments. Scripture quotations from the World English Bible, Galatians 4:4-7 Cause for Celebration (Edstrom), All Rights Reserved | © 1997-2020 Richard Niell Donovan. But, I am not sure I advocate getting rid of children’s sermons. Thanks! "Untie the donkey and bring it to me. (Pass out flags and pennants.) . We should celebrate each day, and perhaps even have a party, to celebrate our adoption into God’s family. Why not celebrate it some other day? We had a choir too, in fact, our church was a little bigger and we had three choirs every week. Would your feelings be hurt? Explain that you will show them the objects on the tray for a very short time (just 10 seconds). I really enjoy a great celebration, don't you? Copyright © 2001 - 2020. God is going to have a great celebration for His Son in Heaven and we have all been invited. (Allow time for answers as children finish their snacks). If you have a large group, consider dividing them up with a group of lepers and a group to represent Jesus. Party invitations, party hats and favors. we usually end up telling stories to adults and using object lessons with children, but actually the research shows that we should be telling stories to children and using object lessons with adults…. I’ve heard plenty that made me groan too, Andy, And what about the conditioned response? Is there anyone here this morning that is seven years old? As they made their way into the city of Jerusalem, people went ahead of Jesus shouting, "Hosanna! Homecoming Sermon/*A day for Celebration! O my God I lift high your praise.” (The Message), “You are my God, and I will give you thanks; you are my God, and I will exalt you.” (NIV). Young boys and girls should be inundated with the Gospel, impressed with the words and stories of Jesus, and made to feel like a special part of the church family. “Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.” (Kids get up and return to their seats). Matthew 22:9-10 (NIV). So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, both good and bad, and the wedding hall was filled with guests. Part of living life is enduring those things which are awkward. Our pastor does the children’s sermon in our congregation. I’d love to receive comments about the children’s sermon and how it works in your congregation. All the while, people lined the streets cheering and waving palm branches. In Jesus' name we pray. My prayer for each one of you boys and girls is that you will always feel that way about being together with God’s family in church too. Sometimes, I even forget to say thank you. Raising children in the day and age isn’t always easy. We fight to keep ourselves or other people safe. Trust me, these stories are not without humor- the kids get to laugh. Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, "Hosanna!" Are you ready? Perhaps it was a birthday party, or a slumber party. Jesus is like a flashlight because he shows us the way. Copyright © 2001 - 2020. Home Sermons A Birthday Celebration ... What kind of a celebration do you think these things might suggest? The disciples did what Jesus told them to do and it happened just as he had told them. First, you have to decide what kind of a party you are going to have. One of the songs we sang this morning was my favorite hymn when I was seven or eight, “This Is My Father’s World. Randy Thompson: “Hallowed Be Thy Name”: What Are We Saying? Pete, I totally agree with your point. Hosanna in the highest!" I think it’s good to have a consistent voice or at least a small group of regulars. Heavenly Father, My favorite thing about being there in church with my mom and dad was looking up and seeing the sunlight coming through the colors of the stained-glass windows.