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View from the Mountain Top

on February 15, 2012

Season: Epiphany 7 or Transfiguration Sunday

Scripture:  Transfiguration Sunday, Year B:  Mark 9: 2 – 9

Scripture:  Epiphany 7:  Mark 2: 1 – 12

Depending on the length of Epiphany, some years we are use the Epiphany 7 scripture.  Since the pastor is using Transfiguration Sunday liturgy, the children’s sermon will introduce the Mark 9 scripture.

The story for Epiphany 7 appeals to children and provides opportunity for active involvement.  When we have used this story in the past, children helped carry one child in a blanket (5 minimum children).  Younger Youth volunteers help with a short drama presentation, and the story comes alive for kids.

Transfiguration Sunday:  View from the Mountain Top

The kids will be invited to climb the mountain.  You could pantomime the climb.  Our kids will climb steps to get to the top in the choir loft.  At the top of the mountain, a bright light will be lit.  We will talk about God’s glory changing Jesus.  The light will be turned off, and we will talk about a cloud making a shadow on the mountain.  A voice (from an unseen person) will read God’s words to Jesus:  “This is my Son, and I love him.  Listen to what he says!” (CEV)   The kids will tell what they heard the voice say.  As we go back down, we’ll talk about Jesus telling the disciples to keep the things they saw a secret until he was raised from death. 

Please note:  We will streamline the story and not use the Elijah/Moses part of the story.  Also, I will not use the phrase “raised from death,” instead I will say, “keep a secret until the time is right.”

The kids will be given a glow-in-the-dark star to hang in their room and remember Jesus shining in glory.


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