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A Child Shall Lead Them, a Children’s Sermon with a Marching Song September 20, 2015

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Children’s Sermon for September 20th 2015

A Child Shall Lead Them.

(Have the children come forward.)

Which one of you is the youngest? Which one of you is the oldest? Can you make a line from the youngest to the oldest?

Now who is first? It is the youngest.

Now in marching, in order to make you turn around the command is “About face!”

So “About face!” Now who is first and who is last? It is now the opposite. The oldest is first and the youngest is last.

“About face!” now the youngest is again first and the oldest last.

The first shall be last and the last will be first: you merely have to turn around. (I learned this watching Sesame Street.)

We have the youngest first, because Jesus says, “A child shall lead them.” Children shall lead us into the kingdom of heaven.

Do another “About face!” Do you see how the first become last and the last become first?

That is the way Jesus teaches us to repent, to turn around, and how we treat others: the last become the first.

When you are first, notice how everyone is behind you and you cannot see what’s going on. The last people in the line can see everyone else and can see what’s going on.

Do you ever get in trouble in school, because you push and shove when you are in line? You want to be ahead of somebody or not behind somebody, but do you know, no matter what your place is in the line, for Jesus you come first, that is if you allow yourself to come last.

Let’s do some marching up and down the aisle:

This Marching Song:

(Usually really small children enjoy marching like this.)

I don’t know but I been told: echo I don’t know but I been told

Jesus got a heart of gold: echo

He teaches us to do what’s right: echo

To march with him is out of sight: echo

Sound off, one two: sound off, three four.

Sound off, one-two, three-four.


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October 5, 2015 at 11:13 am

Children Awaiting Christmas, a German Song translation

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1. Tomorrow, children, such elation!
Tomorrow is the day, oh girl, oh boy.
Jubilation, what a celebration!
Our house will be full of life and joy!
Just you wait for goodness sake
And it’ll be Christmas Day when you awake.

2. How our Christmas room will glisten,
Because of all the candle light aglow!
To the Yuletide story we’ll listen
About the birth of Jesus here below.
Do you remember anymore, Christmas Eve,
the way it was before?[1]

1.Morgen, Kinder, wird’s was geben,

Morgen werden wir uns freu’n.

Welch ein Jubel, welch ein Leben

Wird in unserem Hause sein!

Einmal werden wir noch wach,

Heissa, dann ist Weihnachtstag!

2.Wie wird dann die Stube glänzen

Von dem grossen Lichterzahl.

Schőner als bei frohen Tänzen,

Ein geputzter Kronensaal.

Wisst ihr noch vom vor’gem Jahr

Wie’s am Heiligabend war.

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January 13, 2014 at 11:04 pm

Marching with the Children for All Saints, Nov 3, 2013

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We sang, O When the Saints go Marching In, words from Louis Armstrong:


Oh When the Saints Go Marching In

We are traveling in the footsteps
Of those who’ve gone before
But we’ll all be reunited
On a new and sunlit shore.

Oh when the saints go marching in
When the saints go marching in
Oh lord I want to be in that number
When the saints go marching in

And when the sun refuse to shine

And when the sun refuse to shine
Oh lord I want to be in that number
When the saints go marching in

And when the stars begin to fall

When the stars begin to fall

Oh lord I want to be in that number
When the saints go marching in

Oh When Gabriel blows in his horn
When Gabriel blows in his horn

Oh lord I want to be in that number
When the saints go marching in

Oh when the trumpet sounds the call
Oh when the trumpet sounds the call
Oh lord I want to be in that number
When the saints go marching in

On that hallelujah day
On that hallelujah day
Oh lord I want to be in that number
When the saints go marching in

They are marching into heaven. The sun refuses to shine and the stars fall, because it is the end of the world and with Christ, our light of the world, the new world will begin.

Having th e children march sing “O When the Saints” can be followed by this marching chant that we used to do in ST. Paul’s Church School and Day Camp in Coney Island.

I don’t know, but I been told: echo.

Jesus’ got a heart of gold: echo.

To march with him is out of sight: echo.

Follow him and see the light: echo.

Sound off. one, two.

Sound off. Three, four.

Sound off. One, two, three, four.

The children could carry a cross and wave banners depicting the lamb of God and march up the aisle.

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November 4, 2013 at 12:14 pm

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The Tenth Leper: a Children’s Song for Luke 17:11-19

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The Tenth Leper

Spoken: Wow, I feel better!

the Song:

Hey, I’m healed.

Now I’ll be fine.

Thank you, Jesus,

For making me shine.

I was so sick

Life was a drag

My body felt

Like a wet paper bag.

But you healed me

Through and through

And now I’m healthy

Because of you.

Wow, it’s great

To feel so fine.

Thank you, Jesus,

For making me shine.

Hallelujah, I’m healed.

Hallelujah, Oh God of mine.

Thank you, Jesus,

I feel so fine,

You’re the light of my sunshine.

peterkrey with Mark’s help on the melody. 10/12/2013: if you leave a comment, I’ll send you the melody.

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October 13, 2013 at 4:10 pm

Sixteen of My Songs on Myspace

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All Sixteen of my songs on Myspace:
  1. We Three Kings Rap

    1:01 | 176 plays
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    The Law of Love

    2:44 | 46 plays
  4. 5

    God will Provide2.wav

    1:01 | 45 plays
  5. 6

    Christmas Song

    1:34 | 21 plays
  6. 7

    CA Route 128

    2:24 | 21 plays
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  8. 10

  9. 12

    John the Baptist3.wav

    0:57 | 3 plays
  10. 14

  11. 15

  12. 16

    Little Donkey Song.wav

    0:54 | 0 plays

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March 14, 2012 at 12:49 am

All the Cartoon Characters come to Sunday School

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ET, Batman, Spiderman, Fool

ET, Batman, Spiderman, Fool,

They all go to Sunday School.

Up is down and first is last,

My heart’s beating awfully fast.

Deep into your heart I go,

Jesus loves me this I know.

Gentle, kind or fighting mad,

My teacher makes me feel so glad.

If you want to be real cool,

We’ve got to start a Sunday School.[1]

Firestar, Wonderwoman, Thelma Thumb,

It’s all right if they all come.

Daffy, Donald, and Daisy, too,

Bugs and, of course, Mr. Magoo.

Here come Yako, Waco, and Dot

Pinky and the Brain with another plot;

Huey, Riley, and Fat Albert,

The Jackson Five, then Ernie and Bert!

and Big Bird, too?

If we want too be real cool,

We’ve got to start a Sunday School.

[1] (Or sing, “You’ve got to go to Sunday School,” if you already have one.)

A Sesame Street Melody; pkrey, revised August 1st 2009

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August 2, 2009 at 9:43 pm

Children Sermon: Amos’ Tools (Amos 7:7-15)

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Children’s Sermon: Taking a plumb line out of a cloth bag filled with tools: “What do you see?”

Children: “A plumb line.” Taking a board and slanting it: “See how the plumb line is straight and the board is not? If a wall or a house is not upright, it will fall down. And if we are not upright, if we cheat or lie, we will also fall down. Herod’s Kingdom was not right and it had to come to an end. But the House of God will stand forever.”

Taking a level out of the bag: “What do you see?”

Children or adult from the congregation: “A level.”

“It’s a lot like the plumb line. But you have to hold it to the board and see if it is straight or slanted, if it is completely horizontal or not.” Hold the board horizontally and slowly let the children see it become level. “You have to watch the bubble go right between the lines. The level reminds us that we have to be fair and that all people are equal. We should play no favorites when it comes to what’s right.”

Pulling a ruler out of the bag: “What do you see?”

They answered: “A straight edge. A yardstick. A ruler.”

“Now this helps us measure things and Amos would ask, ‘Do we measure up? We want to honest and good.”

The chalk line:[1] Putting chalk on some string, we did it on the string of the plumb line: “This is a chalk line. Some one can make lines across a whole floor with it. even longer lines, too.” (We let the children snap the chalk  line and it printed a straight line on the board. We used purple chalk to make the line stand out.)

Marshall, who helped with the children sermon, said, “Now we use lasers to make lines like that. But chalk lines were used back in the time of the ancient Egyptians when they measured out and built the pyramids!”

Let me sing you a song about Amos’ tools:

Amos’ Tools

A plumb line,

God’s plumb line

makes us upright, sound, and fine.

A level,

God’s level,

to be equal and fair,

We work for justice everywhere.

A ruler,

God’s ruler,

Measure for measure,

We share the Gospel treasure.

A chalk line,

God’s chalk line,

Jesus is going to make us shine.

We’re workers,

God’s workers,

our mission true,

with love and forgiveness for me and you.

Pkrey 07/12/2009

[1] The English text in Amos says that the Hebrew word translated as “plumb line” is uncertain, because this is the only time the word comes up in scripture. (The technical term for such a word is hapax legomena for those of you who study exegesis.) So I turned to the text in German, to see how Luther translated it and he has “chalk line.” Marshall’s comment makes that choice of tools plausible. How far back does a plumb line go? Has anyone ever written a history of tools?

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July 13, 2009 at 6:13 am