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25th Sunday of Year B

Use your own judgment in adapting these sermons when including them in your children’s ministry.
GOSPEL

Children’s Sermon Lesson: The Least will be the Greatest (Mark 9:30-37) G.O.A.T.?

What makes someone worthy of esteem? We tend to equate greatness with personal achievement, success, or power. However, Jesus turned such ideas upside down by asserting that to be truly great requires humility and recognition that identity is found in God alone. Rather than focusing on competition and esteem, we should look to God for strength and realize our dependence on Him.

This lesson was prepared by Kristin Schmidt, who serves at the Epiphany Lutheran Church in Castle Rock, CO. She has shared her teaching gifts through Ministry-To-Children since 2014 and now serves as lead curriculum writer.
GOSPEL

WHO IS GREATEST?

Objects suggested: Book: “The Rainbow Fish” (You should be able to find this book in your local bookstore or library.)

Have any of you ever read “The Rainbow Fish?” This book is about the most beautiful fish in the ocean. His scales were every shade of blue, green, and purple with sparkling silver scales mixed in. He was very beautiful, but he was also very selfish and self-centered. He was so beautiful that he thought he was too good to play with the other fish in the ocean.

One day a little blue fish asked Rainbow Fish for one of his beautiful, shimmering scales — but he refused. Because of his selfishness, he was very unpopular with the other fish. He was not only the most beautiful fish in the ocean, he was also the loneliest fish in the ocean.

He told Starfish about his problem and Starfish sent him to talk to a wise old octopus. The octopus told Rainbow Fish that if he wanted to be happy, he should give one of his beautiful scales to each of the other fish. Rainbow Fish just could not imagine giving away his beautiful scales.

Once again, the little blue fish asked for one of Rainbow Fish’s scales. He hesitated for a moment, but finally pulled off one of his scales and gave it to the little blue fish. When the other fish saw the little blue fish with a shiny scale, Rainbow Fish was surrounded by fish asking for one of his shiny scales. Before he knew it, he had given away all of his shiny scales except for one. Suddenly he realized that although he was no longer the most beautiful fish in the ocean, he was happier than ever before.

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GOSPEL

WHO IS SMARTER? 

By Deli Smith Klein

On the school bus one day Kelly and Kyle’s friend, Shauna, wanted to know which twin was smarter. Her statement that started out as a joke set the twins on a competition to see who could get the best grades in school. The competition got so bad that they wouldn’t even study together in the evenings. And then they started arguing with each other about who really was smarter.

Their mom set them down one morning talk to them about their competition. She reminded them of the story in John 9. The story went like this: One day as they were walking from one town to another, Jesus explained to his friends that he would have to die. That was a very serious talk. See Jesus came to earth to show people how to live for God, but he also came as a sacrifice and knew that he would die on a cross.

Jesus friends didn’t understand, and they started talking with each other because they thought Jesus was going to set up a kingdom on earth and they wanted to be a big part of his kingdom. So they were arguing about who would be greatest in Jesus’ new kingdom.

When they arrived in Capernaum, the town where they would stay for a few days, Jesus surprised his disciples by asking, “What were you arguing among yourselves on the way?” (vs. 33) They didn’t expect that? Maybe they thought they were being very quiet. But, Jesus must have overheard them. They didn’t say a word. Do you think they were embarrassed? (Allow the children to answer.) Yes, they were probably thinking, “Oh, I wish I hadn’t said that!” “Why didn’t I keep my mouth shut?”

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SOURCE: Sermon Writer: Children’s Sermons – All Rights Reserved | © 1997-2020 Richard Niell Donovan; Video added by SermonPrep.org
GOSPEL

THE KEY TO GREATNESS

Objects suggested: A key ring with a lot of keys

Look at this key ring! Have you ever seen so many keys? They come in all different shapes and sizes. Which of these keys do you think is the most important? Well, if I want to get into my house, this would be the most important key. If I wanted to drive my car, this key would be the most important. Look at this little tiny key. Surely it couldn’t be very important. Unless, of course, I needed to get into my locked suitcase. Then it would be pretty important!

It would be pretty silly to argue about which of these keys is the most important, wouldn’t it? How about people? Have you ever heard people arguing among themselves about which of them is the greatest? I have! You might be surprised to know that even Jesus’ disciples had such an argument. One day the disciples were walking along the road with Jesus and they began arguing among themselves. Jesus overheard them, and when they got to the place where they were going, he asked, “What were you arguing about on the road?” The disciples suddenly got very quiet. They were embarrassed because they had been arguing about which of them was the greatest.

Jesus sat down and called his disciples to him. “If anyone wants to be first,” he said, “he must be the very last, and be the servant of everyone else.”

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THE LITTLE ONES

By Louis Parker Edstrom

Jesus sat with his twelve disciples as he often did when he was about to teach an important lesson. He took a little child into his arms and said to his followers, “Whoever receives one such little child in my name, receives me…” (9:37).

Let’s think about what this lesson means. How many of you have a baby in your home?

Those of you who have been around a baby know how helpless they are. They need to depend on someone else to feed them, change them, keep them warm, talk with them, and rock them to sleep.

What lesson do you think Jesus wanted his disciples and us to hear when he said whoever welcomes a little child welcomes me?

Yes, when you care for those who are smaller or weaker than yourself you are doing God’s work. You make a friendly place for others to feel God’s love. It is like opening a door to those who need your help and saying, “Welcome.”

As you grow you will find many who are in need. It may be a young child, an elderly person, someone who is sick or sad, or perhaps even an animal.

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SOURCE: Sermon Writer: Children’s Sermons – All Rights Reserved | © 1997-2020 Richard Niell Donovan; Video added by SermonPrep.org
GOSPEL

CHOICES

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Objects Suggested: Items mentioned in text of lesson or substitute other items which are more convenient for your use.

I have two pieces of toast. (Show a slice of burned toast and a slice of golden-brown toast with jam.) Which one would you choose? Yes, most of us would choose the nicely toasted bread with jam.

Here are two cookies. (Show a large cookie and a smaller cookie.) Which cookie would you choose? Yes, many of us would choose the larger cookie.

Look at these bananas. One is overripe and has black spots; the other seems just right to eat. I think I know which one you would choose.

What would you do if you knew the person with whom you were to share the food had not had enough to eat and felt hungry? Would it change you decision? Yes, you might decide that the hungry person needs the toast with jam. You might decide to give the hungry person the larger cookie and the yellow banana. You might decide to go without things you want so others will have what they need.

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SOURCE: Sermon Writer: Children’s Sermons – All Rights Reserved | © 1997-2020 Richard Niell Donovan; Video added by SermonPrep.org

25th Sunday of Year B

Use your own judgment in adapting these sermons when including them in your children’s ministry.

The Kids’ Bulletin

Society of Christian Doctrine

Speak, Lord — Sunday Worksheet

SDC is a society of lay catechists that started in Malta in 1907. Worksheets can be downloaded and printed for use during Sunday Mass or handed out to children at school prior to the weekend. They are also used by parents who download them to use with their children at home.

DIOCESE OF SALFORD

Wordsearch

Feel free to copy and paste it into your parish publications.

Clipart  © McCrimmons used with permission. All rights reserved; Text  © 2018 Diocese of Salford Office for Liturgy

SERMONS 4 KIDS

Crossword Puzzle

Word Sunday – Larry Broding

To Serve a Child

Western culture is youth oriented. Youth, especially children, are given a priority not given in ancient times. Yet, children can be ignored and dismissed. That is not the way Jesus wanted his followers to act. Leadership for Jesus meant care, especially for those who are powerless, like children.

CHILDREN’S READINGS

In the commentary for the first reading, we discuss the difference between selfless and selfish people. In the story for the gospel, Judy realized that baby-sitting her brother meant more to her than watching her favorite television program. Jesus gave that same insight. Caring for the least can bring great rewards.

FAMILY ACTIVITY

Collect family stories of service to others, especially children. Place those stories, along with pictures, into a album, labeled, “Our Christian Family.”

SOURCE: Word-Sunday.com All materials found in word-sunday.com are the property of Larry Broding (©1999-2021). Viewers may copy any material found in these pages for their personal use or for use in any non-profit ministry. Materials may not be sold or used for personal financial gain.

Who is the greatest? It all seems upside down…These crafts focus on the interaction between Jesus and His disciples in Mark 9, when He instructed them in humility and explained that to be “greatest”, they needed to think less of themselves and depend on God. This idea might seem upside down or “topsy turvy” to what we normally expect. These crafts celebrate that “upside down” element as well as the importance of placing God first. A reversible cartoon and two-sided puppet reflect the topsy-turvy component, and a humble heart pocket encourages kids to think less of themselves and have a servant’s heart.

This lesson was prepared by Kristin Schmidt, who serves at the Epiphany Lutheran Church in Castle Rock, CO. She has shared her teaching gifts through Ministry-To-Children since 2014 and now serves as lead curriculum writer.
The Religion Teacher – Jared Dees

Lesson Plan and Activities

SOURCE: The Religion Teacher

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