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Children’s Sermon

Acts 2:1-21

Pentecost Isn’t A One-Time Event

May 20, 2018


Lectionary Year B

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ASK    (a.k.a The On-Ramp)

  • Good morning!
  • To get started, I want to show you some pictures from different Bible stories.
  • Here are four pictures of four Bible stories [note: you’ll want to show these out of order, like the following list]:
  • We have today's story, Pentecost, where the disciples (including Jesus' mom, Mary) receive God's Holy Spirit. [hold up picture and then put on the ground, face-up]
  • We have Jesus teaching to his disciples [hold up picture and then put on the ground, face-up]
  • We have Jesus' baptism where he receives God's Holy Spirit [hold up picture and then put on the ground, face-up]
  • We have Jesus calling his disciples to follow him [hold up picture and then put on the ground, face-up]
  • These pictures are not in the order in which they happened and I’m hoping you can help me put them in order. [Note: You might have to give them some clues ]
  • Which picture and story do you think happened first? (Baptism)
  • That’s right! Which picture and story do you think happened second? (Jesus calls his disciples)
  • [Continue until done. Correct order: Jesus' baptism, Jesus calls disciples, Jesus teaches the disciples, Pentecost]
  • You did it! Well done!

TELL    (a.k.a. The Freeway)

  • In today's scripture reading, we hear the story of Pentecost.
  • Pentecost is when we see the disciples put into action everything they had learned from and experienced with Jesus:
  • They spent time praying together like Jesus taught them
  • Then they received God's Holy spirit like Jesus taught them
  • To the crowds, they then shared the same good news that Jesus taught them
  • And then a whole bunch of those people decided to follow the disciples, just like the disciples followed Jesus!

SHARE the Good News   (a.k.a. The Destination)

  • So if we look at the first few things that Jesus did [point at pictures while speaking], we see that he receives God's Spirit, calls disciples, teaches the disciples about God…
  • …and then in today’s story, we see the disciples doing those exact same things that Jesus did.
  • The reason the disciples could do the things they do in today's story is because earlier on, Jesus had showed and taught them how.
  • And guess what? Just like the disciples learned from Jesus, we too can learn from Jesus.
  • And just like the disciples were able to eventually do what Jesus did, we can also do the same.
  • Just like the disciples prayed together and received God's Spirit, so can we.
  • And, just like the disciples shared the good news with others, so can we.
  • Pentecost wasn’t something that just happened in the past. It’s something that can happen again, today – to and for us.
  • And that’s the good news for today. Let’s pray.


  • This is a repeat-after-me prayer.

Dear God,

Dear God,

Thank you for the disciples...

Thank you for the disciples...

...who learned from Jesus...

...who learned from Jesus...

...how to receive your love and spirit...

...how to receive your love and spirit...

...and then share it with others.

...and then share it with others.

Help us to do the same.

Help us to do the same.


Originally posted May 16, 2015

Updated on April 22, 2018

This children’s sermon was written and edited by Nathanael Vissia

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