July 2, 2017
Matthew 10:40-42
Romans 6:12-23

Taking up the cross

Second Sunday in Lent

Object: Tiny crosses that can be put in one's pocket. (Earlier we suggested you purchase small "Cross in my pocket" tokens. These can be handed to each child at this time. Or the congregation or you can make your own simple cross and give to each child.)

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Lent is a time when many people give up something. Do you know of anyone who has given up something for Lent? (Let them answer.) Why do you suppose people would give up sweets, for example, in Lent? (Let them answer. Let the children share other things they have heard people in the congregation give up during Lent. You might even ask if the children have given up anything special during Lent.) We call this giving up something "self-- denial." (Here, if you use "self--denial" coin envelopes, comment on their usage and remind the children to keep up their daily giving.) We give of ourselves and go without so that we are reminded of something far more important that sweets, or money, or anything else. By giving up, we remind ourselves of all that we have because of Jesus.

Jesus says we must pick up our cross and follow him. Many of us give up something during Lent, but Jesus...

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