Seldom had I been to a cross country meet until my granddaughter began competing for her middle school. One of my observations was the encouragement the runners received from everyone, including parents, the opposing team members, and their own teammates. As soon as the first runner crossed the finish line, those standing on the sidelines cheered. One of the girls was always last by several minutes, but she was cheered as if she were the first runner over the finish line. What an incredible sight! It was an esteem booster for all the runners.
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“But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.”(v. 26)
Hello dear children,
I am so glad to see you this morning. Know why? It's a time for worship. And more than that, I get to tell you good news. The good news from John's gospel today, is about a very special friend who is here with us today.
But first, how many of you have friends? (children respond)
Jenny was having fun. Her friend Martha had brought a graphical calculator into school. Martha had borrowed the calculator from her older brother, who used it for his advanced maths. He'd been off school for a week, so Martha had figured he wouldn't need his calculator for a while. She and Jenny had soon discovered a great bowling game hidden in the depths of the calculator, and Jenny, to her excitement had just reached level three.