July 27, 2014
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
Romans 8:26-39

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Guide to Heaven | Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
Object: a guidebook to Italy (or any country)

The Point: Jesus wants us to know what the kingdom of heaven is like.

The Lesson: Good morning boys and girls. Thank you for coming up to share this time with me. Have you ever wondered what another country might be like? (let children answer) I have always wondered what Italy is like. Some day I may have the opportunity to actually go and visit Italy. I went to the library and checked out this book about Italy. Even though I haven't been there, this guidebook on Italy has helped me to understand a lot about the country. Rome is the capital. Do you know what the ancient ruins of Rome are called? (let children answer) It is the Colosseum. Saint Peter's Cathedral is in Rome too. It also has the famous statue of David in the city of Florence, which is north of Rome. A city in Italy, Venice, has streets that are waterways. Boats are used instead of cars to get around. Look at some of the beautiful mountains, valleys, and shores in Italy. I haven't been to Italy but now I know something about what it is like.... click here for the rest of the sermon

Additional material for Proper 12 | OT 17

Nothing can separate us — Children's Sermon based on Romans 8:26-39
An image of God's kingdom — Children's Sermon based on Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
An image of God's kingdom — Children's Activity based on Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
Inseparable! — Children's Sermon based on Romans 8:26-39
The kingdom of Heaven — Children's Sermon based on Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
The kingdom of Heaven — Children's Activity based on Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
It fits! — Children's Sermon based on Romans 8:26-39
The kingdom of heaven — Children's Sermon based on Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
The kingdom of heaven — Children's Activity based on Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
Help for my weakness — Children's Sermon based on Romans 8:26-39
God's hidden treasure — Children's Sermon based on Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
"Going fishing" and "A treasure hunt" — Children's Activity based on Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
Do you look like Jesus? — Children's Sermon based on Romans 8:28-30
Stuck on Jesus — Children's Sermon based on Romans 8:26-39
Heaven's pearls — Children's Sermon based on Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
Heaven's pearls — Children's Activity based on Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
Close to Jesus — Children's Sermon based on Romans 8:26-39
The kingdom — Children's Sermon based on Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
The kingdom — Children's Activity based on Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
One pearl — Children's Sermon based on Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
How far? — Children's Sermon based on Romans 8:26-39
One pearl — Children's Activity based on Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

Cynthia Cowen
Cynthia Cowen has been a faithful CSS Publishing Company contributor for many years. Her creative resources target youth, family, women, Bible study, Advent and Christmas programs, and clergy. As a staff member of Our Saviour's (Iron Mountain, Michigan), Cynthia serves as an Associate in Ministry.