April 20, 2014
John 20:1-18
1 Corinthians 15:19-26

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The Light

Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4

Object: A picture of a groundhog (Punxsutawney Phil's picture is probably in today's newspaper) and a candle

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Today is "Groundhog Day." Why is that? (Let them answer.) You know the tradition that when the groundhog emerges from his hole after a winter of hibernation and sees his shadow on this day, then that means there will be six more weeks of winter. If it is cloudy and he does not see his shadow, it's a sure sign of an early spring.

Now do you think the groundhog really knows if it's going to be an early spring or not? (Let them answer.) I don't think so!

I would like to tell you something else about this day that you may not know about. Many years ago the Christian church called this day "Candlemas" because many candles were lit on this day. The candles were lit because the church celebrated One who is "a light for revelation to the Gentiles..." (v. 32). Who do you think was celebrated as "a light"? (Let them answer.) It...

This Children's Sermon, The Light, is based on Luke 2:22-4 and relates to Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4. This Children's Sermon on Luke 2:22-4 is just one of over 3,000 children's sermons at SermonSuite.com. SermonSuite also offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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