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I have an announcement

Children's sermon
newspaper clipping showing an announcement (birth, engagement, wedding, anniversary announcement)
Good morning, boys and girls. How many of your parents read a newspaper? (Let them answer.) I brought a newspaper clipping with me this morning that I want to show you. (Pass the clipping around to the students.) This is an announcement about (tell what the clipping is about). It's one way that people can tell others about an important event in their life. This clipping makes me think of this morning's lesson. In the lesson Jesus has an important announcement to make. The only difference is that in Jesus' day there were no newspapers to make announcements. So, Jesus stood up in his church and made his announcement.

The announcement that Jesus was to make was very important. He was getting ready to teach and preach God's message. He decided to begin in his hometown. Here's how he made his announcement. He went to his church. It was called a synagogue. At his church he was invited to read the Bible lesson. It was from the Book of Isaiah. Jesus read how God's special messenger would rescue people who were in trouble. Everyone listening to Jesus was certain that only God could do what Jesus' Bible reading said.

When Jesus finished his reading he told everyone that the words he just read were about him. That was the announcement Jesus made. Jesus told people that he was the one whom God sent. The next time you hear an announcement or see one on TV or in a newspaper think of Jesus. He made an important announcement in church. He announced that he was the one sent from God to save us all.

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