This children’s sermon was given November 22, during our global pandemic, so it was experienced virtually rather than by children in the sanctuary. I’m posting it here in hopes that it can be helpful to someone.

Good morning, girls and boys. I’m so glad you’re with us today.

Did you know that this is a special day in the church year? It’s not Thanksgiving Sunday. I’ll give you a hint. (show crown.) It’s Christ the King Sunday. It’s the last Sunday of the church year, before Advent starts, and we celebrate that Jesus is the King of the Universe!

So far in worship, we sang a song Come Thou Almighty King and we heard A Mighty Fortress Is Our God, but so far we’ve also heard words that made God sound more like he might hold this (show staff.) Who holds this? A shepherd. So which is it? Is God like a king? Or is God like a shepherd.

To help us think about this, I’ve got some questions for you.

Who rules over everyone?          Is God like that?

Who keeps the ones he loves from danger?              Is God like that?

Who knows the name of every single person he’s in charge of?  Is God like that?

Who is in charge of the whole universe?        Is God like that?

Who wears the fanciest clothes and has the fanciest stuff?         Is God like that?

Who is willing to step in front of danger to take care of others? Is God like that?

Who has the most power?          Is God like that?

Who would you bow down to and praise?     Is God like that?

Who lives among with the ones she cares for?         Is God like that?

Who ‘d leave the rest to gather in one who was lost?        Is God like that?

So is Christ more like a king? Or more like a shepherd? What do you think? I want to pick a third choice- a kingly shepherd. Someone who knows and loves us deeply, but with power, deserving of our praise. I don’t know any kings like that but Jesus.

Let’s pray: Dear God, thank you for Jesus, the king of our hearts. We love you, God. Amen.