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Luke 2:41-52


Belonging with God


December 30, 2018

First Sunday after Christmas

Lectionary Year C


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ASK   (a.k.a The On-Ramp)

  • Good morning!
  • I have a question for you. Have you ever had something and then lost it? Like a glove or a shoe or a toy?
  • Maybe you’d seen other people lose things, too? Maybe someone you live with once lost their keys, or their wallet or their phone – has that ever happened?
  • And when one of those things were lost was there then lots of looking to find that thing until it was found?
  • While the looking happened, were there feelings of concern and worry? Maybe even some sadness or fear that the lost thing wouldn’t ever be found again?


TELL    (a.k.a. The Freeway)

  • I ask because in today’s Bible story, we hear hear that Joseph and Mary have lost something very important…their 12 year old son, Jesus.
  • They can’t find him anywhere.
  • They look for him for three days.
  • They finally find him in the Temple, talking to the teachers that are there. Turns out that he’s been the whole time.
  • Once they find him, Joseph and Mary tell Jesus that they’ve been very worried about him.
  • Because they couldn’t find Jesus, his parents had been worried that Jesus was lost and missing.
  • But it turns out that Jesus knew exactly what he was doing, where he was, and was not scared at all. We know this because that’s what he tells Mary and Joseph in the story.


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

  • What we see in 12 year-old Jesus in this story is something we also see in adult Jesus in other Bible stories.
  • Jesus is never lost or at a loss of what to do or say. He always knows where he is and where he’s going.
  • This is a very good quality in a person who then invites others to follow him, don’t you think?
  • When we follow Jesus, who is never lost, then we will not be lost, either.
  • In a world where things and people so often feel lost, this is a very nice gift for us to receive.
  • And, when we are living into this gift of knowing where we are, and where we belong, then we can share that gift of belonging with those around us.
  • That’s the good news for today. Let’s pray.


CLOSING Prayer

  • This is a repeat-after-me prayer.

Dear God,
Dear God,

Thank you for Jesus…

Thank you for Jesus…


…who offers us the gift…

…who offers us the gift…


…of always being at home…

…of always being at home…


…in and with you.

…in and with you.



 Amen



Originally posted December 6, 2015

Updated on December 1, 2018

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



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