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Math – Jesus' Style

Object: 
The infinity symbol (an eight turned on it's side)
...I chose to give to this last the same as I give to you...so the last will be first and the first will be last. (v. 14b, 16)

Good morning boys and girls,

It's so fun to see you here at church and especially to see you come up and sit and visit with me. Thanks for listening. How are you? You look wonderful and happy.

A Box Of Forgiveness

Object: 
A box labeled “77 Forgivenesses”
...how often should I forgive?....seventy-seven times...(v. 21b, 21b)

Good morning boys and girls,

I'm really glad to see you this morning. I hope and I know that you will have a wonderful day today. I have a surprise for you. It's in this box. (shows box)

First, I am going to teach you about what's in this box. It's about the most important word in the entire bible, and in life, next to the word love. Have you heard of the word “forgiveness?”

Tug-O-Love

Object: 
small rope or cord about 10-20 feet long, length depending on number of children in attendance
Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done....” (v. 19)

Good morning boys and girls,

Have you ever played tug-o-war?  Goes like this: two sides pull on the rope against each other. Each of the two sides tries to pull the other over a designated line. The group that is pulled over the line loses. The other side wins. So let's pretend we are playing tug-o-war.

Tug-O-Love

Object: 
small rope or cord about 10-20 feet long, length depending on number of children in attendance
Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done....” (v. 19)

Good morning boys and girls,

Have you ever played tug-o-war?  Goes like this: two sides pull on the rope against each other. Each of the two sides tries to pull the other over a designated line. The group that is pulled over the line loses. The other side wins. So let's pretend we are playing tug-o-war.

You are Jesus -- that's for sure!

Object: 
An owl representation. Make a “who am I” game.
Simon Peter answered, “You are Messiah, the Son of the Living God.” (v.16)

Good morning girls and boys,

How are you this lovely day? If you ask me “how am I ?” -- I would say “splendid!” And one reason why I am “splendid” is because you are here. And because God is here too.

Now I have a question for you. What does an owl say?  (have children guess) Yes. Whoo whoo. Ever heard an owl say “whoo whoo?” Could be scary. Could also be charming.

Great Faith

Object: 
Hula Hoop or circle made out of ribbon, twine or rope
Then Jesus answered her, “Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” (v.28a)

Good morning, girls and boys,

What an amazing morning to come to church today. I am so glad to see you and talk to you about a wonderful story from the bible.

Let me begin by showing you this circle. Now let's get into this circle. (Physically, all move into the circle) It's fun for us all to be together in this circle. We don't want anyone to be left out. To be left out is to be sad. To be kept out is even more sad and painful.

Saving Hands

Object: 
Oversized “hand cutout” and/or Frances Hook's painting of Jesus and the children, and/or classic painting of Jesus and Peter on the water
“...and he cried out, “Lord save me!” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and saved him.” (30b, 31a)

Good morning boys and girls,

How are you today? Thinking about school yet? For some of you it will soon be time for going back to classes, seeing your friends and having new experiences, won't it?

I am happy to see you here at worship this morning.

The Kingdom Of Surprises

Object: 
Eye dropper, liquid food coloring, or liquid dye, glass or jar of water
The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree... (v. 31b, 32a)

Good morning girls and boys,

I have a couple of surprises for you this morning. But first, have you ever been surprised? (children answer) Have you been surprised lately? Tell about it. (kids share)

Have you ever attended a surprise birthday party for someone? Or received an unexpected gift? What fun!

Wheat And Weeds Separated

Object: 
Set of red and black checkers (or two colors of marbles as an option)
...The Kingdom of Heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat... (v. 24b)

Good morning girls and boys,

How many of you are in school? (raise hands) (presenter talks informally about their schools, teachers and subjects) Did you know that Jesus was a teacher? In his day they called those like him a Rabbi. Teachers, and Rabbi's, often taught by telling a tale. That's what parables are. Parables are tales made up to teach a lesson.

Listen!

Object: 
Sound makers i.e. bell, kazoo, whistle, drum, scratching noise, etc.
Let anyone with ears listen!  (v. 9)

Good morning boys and girls,

I'm looking for ears this morning. (looks around) (counts sets of ears) Oh, we have lots of ears for listening this morning. May I use your ears? (children answer)

We're going to play a little game. It's called “listen and identify.”

Here's how it works. Everyone close your eyes. I will make a sound from my sound pouch and let's be real quiet and see if we can guess what it is that makes the sound.

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...I chose to give to this last the same as I give to you...so the last will be first and the first will be last. (v. 14b, 16)

Good morning boys and girls,

It's so fun to see you here at church and especially to see you come up and sit and visit with me. Thanks for listening. How are you? You look wonderful and happy.

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“God will provide.” We’ve all heard that expression. Probably we’ve said it a few times too. Those are the easy parts, hearing it and saying it. Trusting that he will can be a different matter. I read the following story in a missionary magazine, and thought it would be a great way to illustrate this passage.
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I heard a story once of a custodian who worked at a certain university. Among his responsibilities, he emptied the wastebaskets in the administration building where the president of the university had his office. The school underwent a change in presidents during this custodian’s time there, and he found that his experience of his job changed. “I didn’t mind emptying Dr. Wilson’s garbage,” he remarked, referring to the former president.

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