for Sunday, January 26, 2014
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Third Sunday after Epiphany
lectionary focus: Matthew 4:12-23
(In my Ten Commandments of Children’s Sermons, I make clear that asking children questions is the fastest way to kill a children’s sermon. Today, I break that commandment! We shall see…)
Today I am going to ask you a question: What do you want to be when you grow up? [Expect
chaos the unexpected.]
All fine choices…but whatever job you pick, you already are what you will be: you are children of God. No matter where you work, your work will be to share God’s love.
In our Bible story today, Jesus invites some fishermen to join His ministry. He challenges them to be fishers of men. Jesus calls them to go beyond just feeding people and teaches them how to feed people’s hearts and souls. He teaches them and us how to share God’s love.
Now of course, we need people who fish and farm and bank and teach, and we need doctors and singers and shop workers and plumbers (refer to the occupations the children named). You will grow up and have a job that will excite you and help others. But what Jesus shows us is that no matter our job, we can do it with God’s love. As a librarian full of God’s love, I can get you lost in a great story. As a doctor full of God’s love, Dr. Tim can help you focus on healing. As an electrician full of God’s love, Mr. Miles can honestly and safely light up your world. As a lawyer full of God’s love, Miss Brittany can work for justice. As a mom and dad full of God’s love, your parents can make sure you know that they love you and God loves you. And already, as a child full of God’s love, you can keep us laughing and playing and loving. Jesus called everyday folk to be part of His ministry to show that we can each do God’s work…along with our community work. And as children of God, God gives us what we need to share His love. You are already working to share God’s love. And you can continue to do that whatever job you have.
Will you pray with me? (This is an echo prayer: the leader says a line and the children repeat it.)
for filling me
with Your love
that I may share Your love
in every job
We are not Christians alone.
My mission is to share, inspire, and encourage.