May 2018 Newsletter
CHILDREN’S MESSAGE for Easter 3
Luke 24:36b-48, John 20:19-31
A strange thing happened to me this morning. My bedroom is on the second floor, quite a ways up from the ground. I got out of my bed, opened the blinds, looked out the window and there was a little boy and a little girl about your size flying by, with wings. I quickly opened the window and asked, “Are you a fairy?”
Do you believe I saw the boy and girl flying? If I told you that they answered me, would you believe me?
How about if I told you that I touched them, would you believe that it happened? (No)
The story I told you really didn’t happen. But our Bible lesson today has a story that really did happen.
When Jesus’ special friends, his followers (we call them disciples) were gathered together, Jesus appeared to them. At first they thought He was a ghost and they were very very scared. They didn’t believe it could be Jesus. They knew that Jesus had died. But then Jesus talked to them. He said, “Peace be with you. You don’t believe it is me? Look at the marks on my hands and on my feet where I was fastened to the cross. Touch me.” They did, and they believed that He was indeed Jesus. How do you think these special friends of Jesus felt? (They were so happy that Jesus, their special friend, was alive.)
The really cool thing is that Jesus is with us. He loves us, just like he loved those special friends. In fact Jesus loves us when we are scared, when we can’t imagine that he is with us, or when it feels like he is sitting right next to us.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for loving us, even when we are scared, or lonely, or happy, or when we aren’t sure. Help us to trust you as our Lord and Savior. And the children of God say: Amen.
Author: Georgia Girvan (presented April 1989, April 2015, April 2018)
April 29th Sermon
CHILDREN’S MESSAGE for Easter 2
April 27, 2014
Materials: review the sign used by the deaf for Jesus
Do you know how to sign Jesus with your hands? It’s way that people who can’t talk with their mouths can talk with their hands.
Put your hands out. First, take your tallest finger of one hand and touch the palm of your other hand. Next, do it with your tallest finger of your other hand. Let’s try doing it.
Note: use key words: touch, touch. Show me how you say Jesus with your hands.
Today’s Bible lesson is about a man named Thomas who wasn’t certain that Jesus had come back to life. When Jesus was with Thomas, Jesus put out his hands and told Thomas to put his fingers in the part of his hand where he had been nailed to the cross. You do it. What do you think Thomas did? Yes, he felt the scars, the owies, in Jesus’ hand, and then he knew that Jesus had come back to life and that he was indeed the Son of God.
For our prayer today, let’s say the words from the song Jesus Loves Me. Let’s use our sign for “Jesus” when we say Jesus. Are you ready? “Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me. The Bible tells me so.”
Alternate prayer: Dear Jesus, you came back to life. You helped Thomas to believe. Help us to know you as our risen Lord. And the children of God say “Amen”.
Author: Georgia Girvan (presented April 2014)
Preschool Director Position Open
We are looking for a new director for the SOV Preschool. See the attached position announcement if you are interested.
April 22nd Sermon
Offering of Letters
The Offering of Letters is an annual event scheduled for Sunday April 22, 2018.The congregation compose letters to our congressmen regarding specific legislation impacting people struggling with hunger and poverty. These are offered up with prayer to help support people locally and globally.
April 2018 Newsletter