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Children’s Sermon

John 10:22-30


Jesus Glues Us To God


May 12, 2019

Fourth Sunday of Easter

Lectionary Year C


Supplies: Two popsicle / craft sticks.  A glue stick or a bottle of somewhat-quick drying glue.

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ASK    (a.k.a The On-Ramp)

  • Good morning
  • I’m hoping you can help me, here: Can you tell me how  to glue these two popsicle sticks together?
  • Should I just put the glue on one end of a popsicle stick and then wave the stick around? [Do those actions as you talk]
  • Should I put the glue on one end and press the two popsicle sticks together on this other end that is opposite of the glue? [Do those actions as you talk]
  • No? I shouldn't do either of those things? What should I do instead? [listen to answers]
  • Ok, so you're telling me that I should put some glue on the end of one popsicle stick and press the other popsicle stick against the place where I just put the glue?
  • [say in a light tone] And why should I listen to you?  Are you the glue masters? Are you the all-knowing glue experts?  [wait for responses]
  • [say sincerely] Oh...it sounds like you've done this before and it worked?
  • So maybe I should try what you've said and then I'll find out if what you said is correct or not, right?
  • OK. Let me do that right now
  • [put glue on one end of the popsicle stick and place the other popsicle stick on top of the glue.]
  • [Set the sticks to your side (or behind you) while you talk ]
  • While we wait for the glue to dry, let’s talk about today's scripture story.


TELL    (a.k.a. The Freeway)

  • In today’s story, Jesus talks about how no one can separate him from his followers.
  • And one of the reasons for this is because as Jesus teaches his disciples about God, the more the disciples learn to trust Jesus.
  • At first, this may not make sense to us – which is why I had you teach me something this morning
  • As you’ve taught me about gluing these popsicle sticks together, I’ve learned that you know what you are talking about and I should trust what you are telling me.
  • The same thing happened with the disciples, the more they learned from Jesus, the more the disciples learned to trust Jesus.
  • But if those disciples had never tried what Jesus said, then they’d probably not trust Jesus very much.
  • We see this lack of trust with the Pharisees (A.K.A., “the Jews”) in today's story.
  • Since the Pharisees do not try what Jesus says about connecting with God, they don’t learn to trust Jesus.


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

  • Talking about learning…
  • …let's see how those popsicles sticks are doing
  • [the glue should be tacky enough that if you turn the two sticks over, the one stick won't separate from the other one]
  • Look at that! The glue is working and the two popsicle sticks are now joined together – thanks to your help!
  • And, just like the glue helps these two popsicle sticks connect with each other, so too does Jesus help us connect with God.
  • As we learn how to glue ourselves to God with Jesus’ help, we learn to trust Jesus and we get to know God better.
  • And 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 helps us…

…who helps us…


…get glued to you…

…get glued to you…


…when we do what he says.

…when we do what he says.


Please help us do what he says.

Please help us do what he says.


Thank you and Amen



Originally posted March 31, 2013
Updated on April 14, 2019
Written and edited by Nathanael Vissia



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