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Angels Watching Over You

on February 22, 2012

Scripture:  Mark 1: 9 – 15

First Sunday in Lent

Materials needed: 

  • 8 letter sized cards with words: Baptism, Spirit, Wilderness, 40 days, Angels, John in prison, Believe Good News, Lent
  • Extension rods (I’ll use a Swiffer duster extension) for the word Spirit
  • Water in baptism font
  • Angel pins

In the Good News story Pastor Barry will read to you this week, a lot happens in a very short time.  We are going back to the beginning and start over to tell Jesus’ story again.  I have some cards for you that we will use to tell the story quickly.

(Direct children to put signs – baptism @ font, Spirit above font, Wilderness (left side area), Angels @ pew left side, John in prison @ pew on right side, Believe Good News @ Communion Table)

Tell story briefly: Ok, let’s walk this story.  (Start at font)  Jesus came from his hometown and was baptized by John (pour water) As Jesus came out of the water, he saw the heavens open (Pastor holds up Spirit sign) and the Spirit came like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.” (Kids and Spirit sign move to left area) the Spirit immediately drove Jesus out into the wilderness.  (Move 40 days sign across during this) Jesus was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; with the wild beasts; and (move angel sign up) the angels waited on him.

(Point to sign on right side) After John was arrested, (Move to communion table) Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, saying, (Kids sit in front of table.) “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.” (Sign at table)

So many things happen here that we talk about them on several different Sundays each year.  You see that we have purple in our sanctuary again.  This church season is Lent. During Lent we get ready for Easter.  During this time we think about so many things:  good things, bad things, and confusing things.  We will have 40 days during the week to think about making room for God in our lives.  We’ll have lots of things happening to us: good things, bad things, and confusing things.  We’ll also have lots of help from God to get us through these 40 days.  We’ll have the Spirit to guide us to the places we need to go.  Jesus went through 40 days in the wilderness, and Jesus is always with us to help us. And did you notice right in the middle of the wilderness who was there to help Jesus?  (Angel sign)  Angels!  Angels waited on Jesus.  Angels are with you, too.  To give you little touches of God’s grace just when you need it most.

Today I have some angel pins to give you.  When you wear the pin or see it in your room, think about the angels God sends to watch over you.  This week when you’re going through good things, bad things, and confusing things, just remember you have a lot of help of your journey.

God loves you very much!

Miss Becky

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