Okay -- I confess. I watched the closing minutes of the finale of America's Got Talent in 2006. The show is a cross between The Ed Sullivan Show and The Gong Show. If you're too young to remember any of that, never mind!
In an attempt to heighten the suspense, host Regis Philbin had the eight or ten finalists come out on the stage, proceeded to divide them into two equal groups, made them sit in chairs on opposite sides of the stage, wait through a commercial break, and then declared one group potential winners, and the other group losers.
“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?