A visitor to a certain town noticed many homes had Christmas nativity scenes in front of them. But there was something about them different from what you usually see. In all of the scenes the three Wise Men were wearing bright red firemen's hats!
The visitor asked a native about it: "Sir, I admire the nativity scenes in your town, but isn't it unusual that in all those displays the three Wise Men were wearing bright red hats?"
The native answered, "It's based on the Bible story where it said, the three Wise Men came from a-'far.' "
“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?