PREACHING RESOURCES TO STRENGTHEN CHRISTIAN MARRIAGES AND FAMILIES
Object needed: A Doctor's Syringe
Good morning! I hope all of you are feeling well today! What often happens when you are not feeling well? Where do your parents take you when you are sick? (Let them answer.) That's right! They take you to see the doctor.
Hold up your hand if you have ever been to see the doctor. Tell me, what did you like best about going to the doctor's office? (Let them respond.) What did you not like about going to see the doctor? (Let them answer - surely, one of them will say "getting shots!")
I am so happy to see you this morning. How are you? (children may respond)
Let's play a game I call “Lost and Found.” Okay? (children respond)
(presenter role plays) Uh, oh, I lost something for today's message. Hmm, I wonder where it could be. It's a box like this. (shows approximate dimensions) (instruct the children to look around the immediate area) (then presenter or child finds it)
Since the Fourth Sunday in Lent has been historically identified as Laetare (Rejoicing Sunday), it is most appropriate that the lessons collectively testify to a theme for which we can rejoice — God saves us by his grace!
In this familiar and well-loved story of the Prodigal Son, I often wonder what happened to the mother of the family. She's totally ignored. So are any daughters. It seems like a completely male stronghold. So much so that I wonder whether perhaps the mother had died some years previously, and that was the cause of much of the unhappiness displayed by both the father and the sons. Or whether the father was such a domineering character that his wife played no real part in family life, but simply bowed her head in compliance with all his wishes, no matter how extreme they were.