for Sunday, November 25, 2012
Christ the King Sunday
lectionary focus: Revelation 1:4B-8
props: a hidden crayon to be revealed during your story; gift boxes of crayons for the children (optional)
The other day, I was telling my friend Zachary a fairy tale. I told Zach how the King wore a fancy outfit and on top of his head was a big crown. (put hands on top of head like a crown) But Zach didn’t hear the word “crown;” Zach heard the word “crayon.” (pull a crayon out of hidden place) When you listen to those words: “crown,” “crayon,” they do sound a lot alike. Zach and I had a fun time laughing about the King with a crayon on his head.
On the church calendar, today is the Celebration of Christ the King Sunday. And yes, as I say those words, I am now picturing Jesus with a big, ole crayon on His head. But you know, I think Jesus prefers crayons over crowns.
Throughout time, kings have been seen as bossy, sitting around telling their people what they can and cannot do, wanting to have all the power to themselves.
In our Bible story today, we are reminded that Jesus is not bossy. Jesus is not interested in sitting around. Jesus is more interested in going around. Jesus came to empower each of us to be preachers–to empower us to share God’s love, to help each other. Jesus does NOT wear a crown. No, Jesus works with us; Jesus works through us; Jesus puts the crayons in our hands and frees us to create with Him, frees us to make the world a more beautiful place.
(This would be a good time to pass out gift boxes of crayons to the kids.)
And so as we end this church year and next Sunday begin the new church year with the preparations for Christmas, remember you are a creative, important part of God’s Kingdom.
Will you pray with me? (This is an echo prayer: the leader says a line and the children repeat it.)
for being our King.
for liking crayons
to help You
to share Your love.
We are not Christians alone.
My mission is to share, inspire, and encourage.