Spoon is another favorite book of mine. It is short enough to read during a children’s sermon and was a nice fit with the sermon for Transfiguration Sunday.
Good morning, girls and boys! I brought a book that’s a new favorite of mine. It’s Spoon, written by Amy Krause Rosenthal and illustrated by Scott Magoon. Even though it doesn’t talk at all about God, I think it’s kind of a parable. I want to read it to you, and as you listen, see what message God might be telling you through this story.
Read the whole book. (It’s short and hilarious and wise!)
I wonder what messages you heard. (Allow children to respond.)
Today is Transfiguration Sunday. Did you listen to the scripture we’re celebrating? When Jesus went up on a mountain, and as he was praying, Moses and Elijah appeared with Jesus and they talked, and Jesus began to glow.
Maybe Jesus glowed because there he was, doing what God planned for him to do, being exactly who God planned for him to be.
You know, that’s God’s hope for all of us, for little Britton, who was dedicated today and for everyone in this room, that we will not pretend to be people we aren’t, (like Spoon tried to do) but be fully who God made us to be inside.
Have you ever heard anyone say, “you look so happy, you’re glowing!”? I think it’s like that with us too. When we can be on the outside who God made us truly on the inside, we glow too. And I bet that makes God really happy.
Let’s pray: Dear God, help us remember that we are special to you, just like you made us. We don’t need to try to be like others. We just need to be the best we can, at who you created us to be. We love you, God. Amen.
*This children’s sermon was given on Transfiguration Sunday, February 7, 2016, the last (5th) Sunday after Epiphany, year C, to accompany scripture Luke 9:28-36.