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Children’s Sermon

Luke 4:21-30

January 31, 2016

4th Sunday after Epiphany

Lectionary Year C

ASK    (a.k.a The On-Ramp)

  • Good morning!
  • Have you ever had someone not listen to you?
  • Yes – you have? But someone not listening to you can happen in different ways, right?
  • Maybe you said something and the other person simply didn't hear you -- that's one type of not-listening.
  • But maybe you said something and the other person heard you, but then IGNORED you. That’s another type of not-listening.
  • Let's think a little bit more about what that type of not-listening might look like.
  • Think of a brother or sister or a friend for minute.
  • Then, think of how they might be playing a game or with a toy that's yours that they aren't supposed to be using.
  • And you say, "Hey, that's my toy -- can I have it back?"
  • And they say, "Just a minute. I'm not done."
  • They obviously heard you, right?
  • But they didn't act on what you said -- they just kept doing exactly what they had been doing before you said anything.
  • And at that point, because they didn’t listen to you, then you might get into an argument with them, right?

TELL    (a.k.a. The Freeway)

  • Well, guess what? Jesus knows exactly what it's like to have that type of thing happen
  • In today's scripture story, we hear that Jesus is talking to the people in his hometown.
  • This means some family members were probably there and probably a friend or two as well.
  • And Jesus is telling them some things they don't want to hear.
  • He's telling them how listening to God will lead to good things, but that they mostly do NOT listen to God.  
  • But instead of trying to figure out how they could do to listen to God better, Jesus' friends and neighbors get mad at him and try to have a fight with him.
  • They even push him around and try to hurt him.
  • But the story ends because Jesus walks away from the fight.

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

  • So in both our example of you and a friend arguing and in the scripture story, we see an argument take place because someone was NOT listening.
  • The reason for this arguing is because the people kept doing exactly what they had been doing before any words were spoken.  
  • But, we can learn from their mistakes.  
  • We can choose to listen FOR God's words and then ACT on those words instead of arguing against them.
  • And when we listen for God’s words and act on them, then we will be part of the promises that Jesus talks about in today's story.
  • We will help share God's words, healing love, and mercy with others -- which is far better than fighting with others.
  • 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 Jesus…

Thank you for Jesus…

…who teaches us …

…who teaches us…

…how to listen to you…  

…how to listen to you…   

…so that we can then share…

…so that we can then share…   

…your words, love, and mercy with others…  

…your words, love, and mercy with others…

…with others.  

…with others.


Originally posted on January 16, 2016
Written and edited by Nathanael Vissia

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Summary: Listening to God can reduce fighting