Object lesson idea: Bring in some items that you enjoy but were paid for by someone else. (a good book, a warm jacket, tickets to a movie, etc.) You could also ask a young child, “Who paid for your coat?” Help them to see that some things we enjoy were paid by someone else. Other people paid the price. Then discuss the freedom and peace we enjoy in our country. Explain that other people paid the price so we could be free. Explain that this Memorial Day / Remembrance Day we give thanks to God for those who paid the price for the freedom and peace we enjoy today. Also include those alive who are paying the price for our freedom.
Object lesson items: Anything you value but was paid for by someone else
Complete Children’s lesson: Good morning children! This morning I want to show you some things that are very important to me. Here is my favorite painting that is in our house. Isn’t it nice! The best thing about this painting is that it was a gift to me. I get to enjoy it, but someone else paid the price. Here is my favorite sweater that keeps me nice and warm. I was given this on my birthday, and I think it cost a lot of money. I get to enjoy it, but someone else paid the price. (You get the idea – Also, if the children are very young it’s safe to assume they have their items of clothing paid for by their parents. The main thing is to highlight the face that many things we value were paid for by someone else.)
Kids, it’s wonderful that so many of the things we enjoy were paid for by someone else! There is also something else we that we have that was paid for by others. It’s the freedom and peace we enjoy in our country. Today we want to especially remember those paid for our freedom by giving their live in the Army, Navy, or Air Force. They paid the price for our freedom. Today we also give thanks for Veterans who are still alive, and also members of the armed forces who still serve our country today.
Children's Prayer: Dear God, we thank you this day (or weekend) for those who gave their lives and paid the price for our freedom. Thank you also for all those who continue to pay the price for our freedom in their service for God and country. In Jesus’ name – Amen!
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