Elton Trueblood used to tell the story that a pastor once preached on the subject of
service. It was a powerful sermon and at the end of his words he invited all those who
were willing to commit themselves to serving the cause of Christ in some particular way
to come forward and stand with him at the altar. To his amazement, 100 people came
forward to the front of the church. The pastor's face went pale and a man standing near
heard him whisper, "Oh, God, how can I possibly use 100 ushers?" Jesus' deeds and
“And immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.” (v. 52b)
Good morning whoever is out there.
I hope you boys and girls are here this morning. Since I can't see you, let me know if you are actually present. (have the children touch and/or speak and/or sing) (Humor works, like have the children repeat something silly like, “Good morning fantastic, awesome, most highest lord pastor/teacher”)
I remember going to a Lent group years ago, where the priest gave all us lay folk a piece of paper and a pen and asked us to write down what we knew about Jesus. He didn't want us to write down what we'd been told about Jesus or read about Jesus, but simply what we knew for ourselves from our own experience.
I ended up with a blank sheet of paper, but one person wrote, "I know that Jesus saves me." That led onto an interesting discussion along the lines of: saves you from something? Or for something?