This children’s sermon was written to accompany a sermon on Luke 13:6-9, the parable of the barren fig tree. The preaching minister asked that I help kids think about whether we should give up on people or give them grace. The Bad Seed was perfect for this!

Good morning, girls and boys. Today we’re thinking about whether or not we should give up on people when they do bad things and I brought with me a book that I love. It’s called The Bad Seed and it’s written by Jory John. I’m going to read parts of it, but I’ll have it in our Gathering Room so you can take your time and read the whole thing.

(I read most of the beginning, summarized the part about how he became a bad seed, and then picked up at the end to read the ending.)

So even bad seeds might change! I like this book because it reminds me that we’re all a mix of good and bad, and God calls us to help each other by remembering that. We’re going to have a prayer, and after the prayer, we’re going to hear a parable from the bible. I hope you’ll listen and see how you think The Bad Seed and the parable all fits together.

Dear God, help us be as generous with our love for others, as you are with us. We love you, God. Amen.