Login / Signup

Free Access

Listening Loudly

Children's sermon
Choice of Sounds like a bell, whistle, humming, snoring, crying, laughing, whispering, shouting
“This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” (v. 7b)

Good morning boys and girls,

Happy morning! I am happy this morning. How happy are you?

Just for fun – between one and ten what is your happiness number? Let's pretend “one” is grouchy, “five” is happy/sad and “ten” is “Wow happy!” What's your number? (children respond) My number is between nine and ten. I'm happy because you are here at worship. I'm happy because you and I have two ears so we can listen to this amazing bible story:

One dayjust before he died, Jesus, went up to a mountain top. He went with his friends, Peter, James and John. And while they were up high on that mountain, something mysterious happened. A bright light appeared. And suddenly there stood Moses and Elijah from long, long before. They talked.

It was unbelievable!

Then to top it off, the cloud speaks. Do clouds talk? Normally no! Do clouds make sounds? Yes. Children, shut your eyes and listen. (presenter makes sounds, children guess) Would you believe the sound was a Voice that came from the clouds? The voice sounded like thunder, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!”

Since clouds don't normally talk this was, obviously, God speaking. “Jesus, you are my beloved Son.” And since God declared Jesus as God's Beloved Son who would suffer and die for all people, we are to put on our ears and listen to Jesus now.

“You are my beloved Son” was also heard at Jesus' baptism.

And at your baptism and mine a voice declares you and I are also Beloved.

We are God's beloved sons and daughters. Wow.

Prayer: Dear Beloved Son, Jesus, help us to listen to you and believe that we, too, are God's beloved sons and daughters. Amen.
In addition to the lectionary resources there are thousands of non-lectionary, scripture based resources...
Signup for FREE!
(No credit card needed.)
Epiphany 2 (OT 2)
28 – Sermons
110+ – Illustrations / Stories
32 – Children's Sermons / Resources
25 – Worship Resources
31 – Commentary / Exegesis
4 – Pastor's Devotions
and more...
Epiphany 3 (OT 3)
20 – Sermons
110+ – Illustrations / Stories
26 – Children's Sermons / Resources
21 – Worship Resources
33 – Commentary / Exegesis
4 – Pastor's Devotions
and more...
Epiphany 4 (OT 4)
34 – Sermons
120+ – Illustrations / Stories
35 – Children's Sermons / Resources
23 – Worship Resources
29 – Commentary / Exegesis
4 – Pastor's Devotions
and more...
Epiphany 5 (OT 5)
34 – Sermons
100+ – Illustrations / Stories
30 – Children's Sermons / Resources
26 – Worship Resources
27 – Commentary / Exegesis
4 – Pastor's Devotions
and more...
Plus thousands of non-lectionary, scripture based resources...
Signup for FREE!
(No credit card needed.)

New & Featured This Week

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Frank Ramirez
Bill Thomas
Bonnie Bates
Mark Ellingsen
Deuteronomy 18:15-20
David Kalas
This is the Sunday when we celebrate Jesus’ baptism. This is not Pentecost. And yet, as we consider the scriptures assigned to us this day, we still observe that the Holy Spirit is central to all that we read. Neither is this Sunday the one we designate as Trinity Sunday, yet the reality of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit is unmistakably woven through what we read and preach this day.


David O. Bales
Peter Andrew Smith
“Something New In Old Capernaum” by David O. Bales
“Spiritual Pride Evenly Distributed” by David O. Bales
“The Beginning of Wisdom” by Peter Andrew Smith

Something New In Old Capernaum
by David O. Bales
Mark 1:21-28


John Jamison
Objects: There are two pieces for this message; a simple magic trick and a badge or certificate you can print out and give to each child.

The Badge: Print the “Amazing” picture badge-size or certificate-size for each child and let them add their names and decorate it as they choose.


Charles D. Reeb
Yard sales are interesting to me. I don’t frequent them very often, but I am always fascinated by the fact that “one person’s trash is another person’s treasure.” Someone can’t wait to get rid of old tapes and records — doesn’t want them cluttering up the house anymore. Along comes a complete stranger and he just can’t believe anyone would want to sell them. He buys them for a steal and drives home with a big smile thinking he just committed robbery. He brings the records home, clutters up his own house with them, and he’s as happy as can be. Human beings can be strange sometimes.

Schuyler Rhodes
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom" (v. 10). "Perfect love casts out fear" (1 John 4:18). These two powerful statements reveal for us the inadequacies of the translation process of the English language. These two juxtaposing passages reveal only a tiny fraction of the contradictions and conflicts found within our holy Word. No wonder people have trouble reading and understanding.
Donald Charles Lacy
Being able to synthesize in such a way that harmony can be the outcome is among the many things the Apostle Paul does well. The often-pesky church at Corinth desperately needed such a skill, written and practiced in charity. To follow his inspired advice comes as a gift to all of us, 2,000 years ago or today.

Harold C. Warlick, Jr.
One of the major ingredients in any kind of endeavor is load-management. A college student, for example, must have special permission from the dean to take more than a certain number of courses per semester. Past wisdom has taught that students experience inevitable time-management problems and personal stress when they overload a schedule.

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Dominic Dragon lived in a cave in the Welsh hills. He lived alone, and rarely ventured out of his cave, except when he was hungry or wanted some fun. Both of those events revolved around fire.

When Dominic was hungry he would make for the valleys, and prowl until he found some likely prey for food. He was partial to roast lamb even without any mint sauce, and he quite enjoyed the odd baked cat. But his favourite meal was roast human.

Special Occasion