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11th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

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GOSPEL

Scattering Words

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Object suggested: A poster decorated with meaningful words that support the lesson such as “seeds,” “help,” “hello,” “love,” “friend,” etc.

Words are tiny things aren’t they? We hardly take time to think about them, yet we use words all day long. We use words to ask for help, telling others what we need, and we use words of friendship to help and encourage others.

We also read and listen to words when we learn new things. We use words to create a story or a poem. We use words to sing songs. These little words are useful and can become something incredibly beautiful.

Words are like seeds. Jesus says, ” …The Kingdom of God is as if a man should cast seed on the earth” (4:26) “and should sleep and rise night and day, and the seed should spring up and grow, he doesn’t know how” (4:27).

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

Planting Seeds

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Objects suggested: An apple

Look what I have! A nice, big, juicy apple. Do you like apples? Today I am going to tell you the story of a man called Johnny Appleseed. As you might guess, Johnny Appleseed was not his real name. His real name was John Chapman. He was born in 1774 in the state of Massachusetts. When he was in his early twenties, John became a nurseryman. A nurseryman is someone who works with plants, trees, and shrubs. John Chapman especially loved apple trees and he planted them all around the town where he lived…

You may be asking, “What does the story of Johnny Appleseed have to do with our Bible lesson for today?” Well, the story of Johnny Appleseed is a bit like the parable that Jesus told in our Bible reading for today. Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is like a man who scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he is asleep or awake, the seed sprouts and grows, but the man doesn’t know how it happens.”

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SOURCE: Sermon excerpts from SERMONS 4 Kids – All Rights Reserved; Video added by SermonPrep.org
GOSPEL

A Tiny Seed

By Dr. Dan Wuori

Have you ever seen a really big tree?

Whenever I see a really big tree I can’t help but think about just how long they’ve been growing – and usually when you see a big one you know it’s been growing a long, long time. Did you know that some Sequoia trees – which can grow up to 350 feet tall – are thought to have lived for more than two thousand years? Isn’t that amazing?! That means that some of the trees we can see today may even have been around at the time of Jesus’ life on Earth.

The other neat thing about seeing really giant trees is to think that something that big grew from just one tiny seed. One little thing that over time turned into a big thing.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells a parable about the kingdom of God. He talks about how it’s kind of like a tiny seed that grows into something much bigger than itself.

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

Growing Strong

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Objects suggested: Objects to demonstrate growth such seeds, a sapling, a puppy or kitten, if appropriate to the setting. Pictures of a baby or baby animals may also be used.

Let’s talk about things that grow. Oak and apple trees grow. Fish grow. Puppies and kittens grow. Green beans and beets grow. Corn grows. Sunflowers grow. Turtles and hamsters grow. Eagles and crows grow. Snakes and lizards grow. Yes, even you grow. You were once a seven or eight pound baby and look how you’ve grown. Growing is a part of life.

Another thing that grows is love. Have you ever noticed that when you love someone, the love you feel for that person keeps growing and growing; it gets stronger and stronger.

In the Bible Jesus tells us that the Kingdom of God is like a growing thing. He said, “The Kingdom of God is as if a man should cast seed on the earth” (4:26) “and should sleep and rise night and day, and the seed should spring up and grow, he doesn’t know how” (4:27).

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

Great Things Grow from Small Beginnings

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Objects suggested: Mustard seeds (which you can find at the grocery store) and the seeds from one apple.

To get a better understanding of what [Jesus’ parable of the Mustard Seed] teaches, I took an apple, cut it open, and took out the seeds. There were five seeds in my apple. Now, imagine that we planted these seeds and each grew into an apple tree. How many apples do you think each tree might produce? Fifty? A hundred? Two hundred? I read that an apple tree can produce from 150 to 300 apples each year and that an apple tree will produce apples for about fifty years. Just think how many apples that is! It isn’t hard to see how we have enough apples to feed the entire world, is it?

Jesus started growing the kingdom of God with a handful of disciples. Every follower of Jesus is a part of the kingdom and that means that you and I are a part of God’s kingdom. Each time we tell someone about Jesus, we are helping to grow the kingdom. Isn’t it great to know that we can have a part in growing God’s kingdom?

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SECOND READING

Walking by Faith

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By Lois Parker Edstrom

Object suggested: A pinwheel.

preaching anecdotesToday I’m going to ask you to help me with our lesson. Can you think of things we can’t see, but we know they are real?

Yes, the wind. We can feel the breeze on our cheeks and see how it moves the leaves on trees, but we can’t see the wind. When I blow on this pinwheel you can’t see the air move, but you know the wind is real because it makes the pinwheel go around and around.

The same is true about the air we breathe. We can’t see it, but it goes in and out of our body and gives us life.

Think about beautiful music. We certainly can’t see it, but we hear the melody carried to us on sound waves.

How about bacteria and viruses? We can’t see those germs, but we know they are around when we get a cold.

The Bible teaches us that we can be confident “for we walk by faith, not by sight” (5:7).

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

Are You On Target?

Object suggested: A toy bow and arrow set

As you can see, I have my bow and arrow with me this morning. I was watching TV the other day and I saw some archery events on the sports channel. I think I can do as well as they did. I am a pretty good shot. Just watch this! (shoot an arrow harmlessly off into an open area)

Hey, how about that! I am pretty good with this bow and arrow! How many of you thought that was a good shot? Well, actually, we can’t tell whether that was a good shot or not, because I wasn’t aiming at anything. What I need is this. (Hold up a target) The only way to know if I made a good shot is to have a target. If I hit the target, we will know it is a good shot. In an archery contest, the one who hits the target most often and hits the bull’s-eye most often wins the gold medal.

A lot of people go through life without any goals or targets. They just wander aimlessly through life. How can they tell if they are successful unless they have a goal or target? The Bible tells us that we need to have a goal.

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11th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

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11th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

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Hello, children of God!

Hello, children of God! Do you like receiving gifts? I think it’s always fun to get presents. Well, I just so happen to have a couple of gifts with me here today… maybe you can help me decide which one to open. Who knows, I could have something special in here for you! So here are my choices: I have this gift (hold up fancy, large, and/or beautifully wrapped gift), or there’s this one (hold up small boringlooking present, or a plain envelope.) What do you think looks more exciting? If you got to choose, which one of these do you think you would want? Well, why don’t we take a peek and see what we have in each of these…

Open the two gifts. In the elaborately decorated bag, reveal the contents to be something simple and boring, like a tube of toothpaste or handful of rubber bands. The other gift should have something that is small, but significant, like a gift card, cash, or even a video game. Wow, I guess the inside of the gift was more important than the wrapping! Now, maybe you guessed that our little presents here would work themselves out this way. Or perhaps this surprised you. But the truth is, a lot of times it can be easy to judge things based on what they look like on the outside. This present looked a lot more fun and exciting, even though inside it didn’t have much. But sometimes we do that with other things in life, too. You might go to the library and pick out a book to read because it has a fun picture on the cover. Or maybe you want a treat at the grocery store with a pretty wrapper. Sometimes we even do this with people. You might look at someone and come up with ideas about who they are, how much money or power they have, how popular they are with others, or even how happy or successful they seem to be.

However, the Bible tells us that God has a different way of measuring who and how we are. God doesn’t judge us on appearances, but on our hearts. In the Old Testament, we read about two kings who were both appointed by God, but were very different. One of them was named Saul. Now, Saul was tall and good-looking, and God made him the king at a time when the people of Israel were begging for an earthly king. However, Saul started doing some selfish things and not following God closely enough. So God decided to fire him as king, and select a new person! He sent a prophet named Samuel to anoint the new king. Well, Samuel went to the house of a man named Jesse, who had several sons. Jesse presented his sons one by one, and Samuel thought surely God would have chosen one of the handsome, strong sons that came before him. But God told him that his choice was not the one who Copyright © Ministry-To-Children.com – Permission granted for any non-profit use. Written by Kristin Schmidt . Scripture from ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles outwardly appeared strong. God told Samuel “man looks at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart.” Finally, when all of the others had been paraded before him, Jesse brought the youngest son to Samuel. David was not as impressive as his brothers, and he was just a shepherd boy. But when he came God told Samuel that David was the one he wanted to be the next king of Israel. Samuel anointed him as the one God had favored. He would later go on to save the people by killing the giant Goliath, and then have conflict with King Saul, and eventually take over as king…but that’s another story.

The important thing for us to remember in all of this is that God picked David because of who he was on the inside. Scripture tells us that David was a man after God’s own heart. That means he loved God and wanted to serve him in everything that he did. God created us and knows us. He loves us no matter what we do or what we look like. You might think that you aren’t pretty enough or tall enough or smart enough, but God looks at your heart. It’s much more important to be beautiful inside. That means loving God and loving other people. We can rest assured that each and every one of us has a wonderful “heart beauty” because God made all of us! So try not to worry too much about how you look, and be careful not to judge other people because of how they look. It’s what is inside that matters most!

Copyright © Ministry-To-Children.com – Permission granted for any non-profit use. Written by Kristin Schmidt. Illustrations from ChristianClipArts.com Scripture quotes from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles
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God Looks at the Heart

THIS WEEK’S SERMON IS BASED ON THE REVISED COMMON LECTIONARY, THE ROMAN CATHOLIC LECTIONARY.

1 SAMUEL 15:34-16:13

Law/Gospel Theme: God is the ultimate judge, and He knows what is in our hearts. While this might seem like a harsh or frightening concept, we remember that God is full of grace and loves us. He gave us Jesus to cover our sinful hearts and make us new and clean. King David is actually a foreshadowing of Christ in several ways: he was a shepherd (as Jesus is the Good Shepherd); he saved the people from the enemy (Jesus saves us from sin), and he was a king (Jesus is our king). However, Jesus was without sin, the ultimate king of all.

Optional Materials: Two gift-wrapped items: one elaborate on the outside but boring inside; another plain outwardly with something great inside.

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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.
MISSION BIBLE CLASS

Doing Our Small Part

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Jesus said that the kingdom of God is like a little mustard seed. When this little seed is planted it grows into a huge plant, many times the size of the little seed.

SOURCE:  Mission Bible Class. ©2011-2021
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Sunday Connection (Grades 4-6)

Looking to Jesus and accepting responsibility for continued growth of God’s Kingdom

Children of this age look to adults as role models. Encourage them to see Jesus as their role model so as they mature, they will accept the responsibility for the continued growth of the Kingdom of God.

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EXCERPT:

EXCERPT: Ask the children to raise their hand if they have ever played “Follow the Leader.” Have a volunteer explain how the game is played. Explain that there are different ways to follow someone—go where they lead, mimic their actions, or repeat their words. Tell the children to think about the places they go and the things they do throughout the day. Then ask whom they follow in their daily lives (parents, teachers, coaches, and so on).

Who is our leader in faith?  Jesus was sent by God the Father to establish God’s kingdom here on earth. Jesus began by teaching and preaching and preparing a small group of twelve disciples to help spread the Good News of the coming of the Kingdom of God…

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SOURCE: © 2021 Loyola Press. All rights reserved. Website offers background to readings, and Sunday Connections for Grades 1-3, Grades 4-6, Grades 7-8, and Family.

11th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

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Word Sunday – Larry Broding

The Kingdom of God is like…

Parables are extended metaphors. Something is like another. Parables deviate from metaphors in the reaction of the audience. Jesus told parables to turn the view of the audience in a new direction, one which listeners did not expect. The Kingdom was not based on people’s expectations, but on God’s will.

The Religion Teacher – Jared Dees

Parable of the Mustard Seed

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This Parable of the Mustard Seed lesson plan will help your students understand the meaning of the parable and reflect on how it applies to their lives today.


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Sunday Connection (Grades 7-8)

The Kingdom of God, like a seed, takes root and matures slowly

Children of this age, living in a time of immediacy and instant gratification, use all the technology available to them. Use contrast to explain that the Kingdom of God, like a seed, takes root and matures slowly over time.

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EXCERPT: We live in an age of immediacy. We are used to having at our fingertips contact with our friends, entertainment, and information. How many of you text your friends as soon as you leave a movie theater to tell them whether or not you liked the movie? We aren’t used to waiting. We think of waiting as wasting time and look for ways to save time. What is one time-saving device you would absolutely not want to give up, something that you couldn’t live without? Why?  

This Sunday’s Gospel Reading also deals with time, specifically in Jesus’ description of the growth of the Kingdom of God…

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SOURCE: © 2021 Loyola Press. All rights reserved. Website offers background to readings, and Sunday Connections for Grades 1-3, Grades 4-6, Grades 7-8, and Family.

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