Free Children's Sermons
Advent: A Time of Joy
December 15, 2013
Props: A box containing various kinds of bells, including some that are ornaments or Christmas decorations. If you have a bell choir, be sure to include one of their bells. You might want to have them take part in worship today also.
On the last two Sundays I have brought objects that remind us that Jesus came to bring God’s light into the world and others that remind us that God always loves us. Let’s see what is in the box today. What are they? (Time to answer.) They are all bells.
Today is the third Sunday of Advent. During Advent we look forward to Jesus’ birthday, which happened on Christmas Day over 2000 years ago. We put up decorations during Advent and at Christmas time to remind us of Jesus. We often use bells as part of our decorations during this season. (Ring one of the smaller bells.) Would you say the sound of this bell is a happy sound or a sad sound? (Hopefully, they will say happy.) The sound of bells usually makes us feel joyful and happy. (If the bell choir is helping with worship today, mention that the happy sound of bells is appropriate in worship during Advent and at Christmas.)
What do we have to be happy about during Advent? (Time for replies. Possible answers: we look forward to celebrating Jesus’ birthday, we give gifts to each other, God sent Jesus to earth as a gift to the world, we remember how much God loves us.)
Jesus did many things to make people happy while he was here on earth. Do you remember what some of the things were that made people happy? (They may know some of the stories. Move right on to the next sentence if they cannot come up with answers.) Jesus helped blind people see; he helped others to walk who had not walked in a long time; he cured people who were sick; he helped deaf people hear; he brought some people back to life; and he gave the good news of God’s love to people who thought no one loved them.
Because of Jesus’ birth, death, and resurrection we can all be happy too. God loves us and wants us to spread the good news of this love throughout the world. These bells (hold them up) remind us that Advent and Christmas are a time of joy and love.
Let’s pray: Thank you for bells, Lord, because they remind us of the happiness we feel about the birth of your Son, Jesus. Help us find ways to spread the good news of Jesus’ birth to others. We pray, in Jesus’ name. Amen.