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Watching

Children's sermon
Object: 
Binoculars or telescope
“Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.” (V. 27)

Good morning boys and girls,

I’m so happy to see you this morning. Know why? I get to listen to you and you get to listen to me. Got your ears on?

There was a writer whose name was William Sanson. This fellow, William Sanson, was asked, “What is your favorite hobby?” Know what he said? “Watching.” His favorite hobby was simply “watching.” Let’s think about that. Watching.

What are some things you watch? (children respond) Some kids, and adults too, do bird watching. Some people watch the stars and the moon. Some kids watch bugs squirm. Some adults watch their garden growing. So what else do people watch? (children respond)

Jesus told a parable about watching. He said when you watch a tree in spring and you see the leaves appear, what does that tell you? (children respond) Yes, summer is coming. So like leaves appearing in spring, be alert and watch for signs that tell the Son of Man is going to appear.

It’s like a little girl watching for her dad to come home. He has been far away in Afghanistan. She watches. (look through the binoculars) And when he comes down the path, she puts down her binoculars and runs to meet him. He sweeps her up in his loving arms. They hug and kiss. Oh what joy!

So in this Advent Season we, too, watch for Jesus’ coming. By watching we know that God’s promises are true. We need not be afraid of scary things. We are happy and joyful like the little girl who watches for her returning father.

Prayer: Jesus, help us to watch for your comings. Watching we celebrate when you were born, watching we see you in the Bible and in the Sacraments, watching we see you coming again in clouds. Amen.

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