October 26, 2014
Matthew 22:34-46
1 Thessalonians 2:1-8

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Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4

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Teachers or Parents: Jesus has authority -- power. To children, who marvel at power because they often feel so powerless, Jesus was like Superman or some other fictional power- character.

*Today is Groundhog Day and the alternative children's sermon is about Groundhog Day. Does the groundhog really have the authority to predict the weather? (According to Groundhog Day tradition -- if the groundhog sees his shadow today after coming from hibernation, he will return to his hole and we can expect six more weeks of winter. If he does not see his shadow, it's a sure sign of an early spring.) Contrast Punxsutawney Phil with the real authority Jesus had in today's gospel reading and the real power Jesus has today in our lives. (Post the picture of Punxsutawney Phil that is probably in today's newspaper on the wall or bulletin board.)

*Have the children draw a picture of the groundhog coming from his hole. Then have...

This Children's Activity, Authority, is based on Mark 1:21-28 and relates to Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4. This children's activity on Mark 1:21-28 is just one of over 800 children's activities at SermonSuite.com. SermonSuite also offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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