The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


My favorite moment

Children's sermons bring refreshing spontaneity to worship

I've just finished reading the Gospel text for Sunday worship. Now comes one of my favorite moments of the week. Sitting on the altar steps, I smile as the children scamper up the aisle to join me for their sermon.

Seven-year-old Jackie, a whirlwind, greets me with a high-five. Kayla, a shy 4-year-old with dimples and a smile that melts your heart, sits on my lap. Looking at the eager faces gathered around me I'm reminded of Jesus' words: "Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them, for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs" (Matthew 19:14).

I recently finished a year traveling to a different church each Sunday to lead worship as a supply pastor. I've always enjoyed doing children's sermons, but the months I spent interacting with a variety of kids and parents deepened my appreciation for those few minutes each week.

Children's sermons teach youth Christian values and help build a foundation of faith they can rely on when facing adversity.

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