Rejoice that your names are written in heaven
Lectionary: Luke 10:1-20
Children's sermon idea: Show the children various places where your name is written (On the church bulletin, on your drivers licence, in the front of your bible, etc.) Tell the children how Jesus told his disciples to rejoice that their names were written in heaven (Luke 10:20) It's good to have our names written in various places but if we are followers of Jesus we can truly rejoice that God has our names written in heaven.
Objects lesson items: Various items with our personal name.
Children's sermon: Good morning children! When I was young my mother used to write my name on just about everything I owned. She would put my name on my shoes, on my towel, on my toys. Is your name written on things that you own? I'm a bit older now but I still have my name written in various places. Look at my drivers licence here. There is my name right below my picture. Look at the church bulletin here. As the pastor my name is written right there below our church name. Here is my favourite bible. My name is written here inside the front page. I'm glad that its there because it lets others know it belongs to me. (Add your own examples.)
I'm glad that I have my name written in these places. But I'm really happy that my name is written in a place that I can't even see. The bible says that if we are followers of Jesus our names our written in heaven! In the bible (Luke 10:1-20) some followers of Jesus were rejoicing that they were able to do wonderful miracles. But Jesus said that what was even more wonderful was that their names were written in heaven. They could truly rejoice because they belonged to God. I don't know how our names are written in heaven but if we are followers of Jesus our names are right there in heaven with God. That's something to be excited about! He knows our name, he loves us, and he watches over us every day of our lives.
Children's Prayer: Dear God, we have many things to be thankful for but we are especially thankful that our names are written in heaven with you. Thank you that you know us, love us, and care for us. In Jesus' name – Amen!
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