This children’s sermon was written to accompany a sermon December 15, 2019, based on the scripture of Luke 1:26-38, about the surprising way God worked outside of the church in the life of Mary- and in our lives as well. 

Good morning, girls and boys. Do you like surprises? I brought a book today that might surprise you. The first time I heard the title, it sure surprised me. When God Was a Little Girl by David Weiss. I won’t have time to read it all, but I wanted to read at least parts of it, and you can read more in the Gathering Room or library.

(I read the beginning pages, 3-10, then showed pictures and picked back up reading parts of pages 18-22.)

I love this book because it makes me think of God in a new way. We people can get stuck in the ways we think. We tend to think of God in one way. But God does things how God wants. Back before Jesus came, people expected God to show up on earth as a king. But God sent him as a baby, to poor parents who weren’t even ready- they weren’t even married yet. People expected God to show up as a ruler, but Jesus didn’t rule people. He walked with them and ate with them and served them.  God does what God wants. God says, “Ready or not, here I come!”

Let’s pray.

Dear God, thank you that though we’re made to be like you, you always surprise us. Help us love like you love. We love you, God. Amen