April 5, 2015
John 20:1-18
1 Corinthians 15:19-26
Acts 10:34-43
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24


from the book
The Giant Book Of Children's Sermons
Matthew To Revelation

Wesley T. Runk

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(Appropriate for use on Palm Sunday)
The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting, "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!" (v. 9)

Object: spoons and water glasses

Good morning, boys and girls. I brought along with me some things that I thought you might help me make noise with today. Don't you just love to make noise in church and not have anyone tell you to be quiet? (let them answer) Usually your mom or dad is telling you to be quiet in church, but not today. I need your help because we are going to pretend that we are watching a special parade that only ever happened once.

How many of you have ever heard someone tap a glass with a spoon? (let them answer) It is a good way to get other people's attention.

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Now we are going to pretend that we are lining up on a street leading into Jerusalem and we have heard that Jesus is going to pass by us. There has been a lot of talk about Jesus where we live. Some have said that they saw him heal people who were deaf and blind and very sick with terrible diseases. Other people say that he talks like a man who has talked out loud with God. He teaches wonderful news about God and how he loves people. Some people, like the priests and the rich, don't like Jesus, but I guess there is no one whom everyone likes. A lot of people have been following him from town to town and now he is coming into the great city of Jerusalem.

We are going to be part of the crowd that welcomes Jesus. When I see him coming, I will tell you, and I want you to shout, "Hosanna! Hosanna!" and I also want you to tap your glass with the spoon. It will make Jesus feel welcome and let him know that we are his followers also. (pass out the glasses and spoons)

It sounds like a crowd is coming over the hill. I can hear voices. As soon as I see Jesus, I will tell you and you can begin to shout. Let's practice it just once. Say, "Hosanna!" and tap your glass.

Now we must watch. Isn't this exciting? Just think; we are standing on the street where Jesus is going to pass us by. We will be able to see him, listen to him, and maybe even touch him if we can get close enough. I think I see the crowd coming. Yes, there is someone running toward us to tell us that Jesus is not far behind. There he is. I see him. Don't forget. Shout, "Hosanna!" (let the children shout and tap their glasses)

Wasn't that wonderful? Did you ever think that it would happen to you? You were there the day that Jesus came riding on a donkey into Jerusalem. I know that it is a day that you will never forget. Thank you for being a part of the great Palm Sunday Parade and welcoming Jesus into our town.