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Children’s Sermon

John 13:31-35


“Love One Another As I Have Loved You”


May 19, 2019

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Lectionary Year C


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ASK    (a.k.a The On-Ramp)

  • Good morning!
  • This morning, I’d like to show you a fun and simple exercise move.
  • But first, I want you to show me the exercise move that you think I'm going to teach you. I’ll give you 10 seconds to show me.
  • We’ll see how close your guesses are to the actual exercise move.
  • Any questions? [Pause] Ok, I think we’re ready to do this. Go ahead and stand up if you wish to participate.
  • I'll count to 10 for you while you exercise like me. Ready?
  • [count the ten seconds off]: 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1!  Yay!  Well done! Thank you for doing that!  That was great!
  • I think your exercise moves are more fun than mine. Here’s the move I was going to show you – how to jog in place.
  • The way to do that is to stand in one spot.
  • Then, you bring one knee up, nice and high.
  • Then you bring it down while you bring the other knee up.
  • Then you do it faster and faster until you're "running in place."
  • So, tell me, were you able to show me and others what I was going to teach you before I showed you the move?
  • No, not really...
  • Do you think that if I had gone FIRST, then you would've been better able to show me and others my exercise move?
  • Yes, I think so too. .


TELL    (a.k.a. The Freeway)

  • In today's scripture story, Jesus is teaching his disciples a new rule. He tells them to, "Love one another as I have loved you."
  • A very important thing about this rule is that Jesus was already living that rule. He had already shown his disciples how to love one another because he had already been loving them.
  • And, because Jesus loved first, then the disciples were able to see and know what Jesus meant when he said, "As I have loved you."
  • Here are some of the loving actions that Jesus did for his disciples:
  • He invited them to be his students and wanted to spend time with them.
  • He talked to them about who God was
  • He showed them how to how to talk and listen to God (what we call praying)


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

  • And you know what? If we read the stories about Jesus, then we, too, can see these same actions that Jesus showed his disciples
  • In this way, Jesus shows us how to be his students
  • And, because we can see how Jesus showed his love toward his disciples, then we can see how we are to love one another, just like Jesus loved his disciples.
  • As Jesus disciples, then, because Jesus loved us first, we then know how to love others.
  • 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 shows your love…

…who shows your love…


…to his disciples…

…to his disciples…


…so that they and we can see…

…so that they and we can see…


…how to share your love with others.

…how to share your love with others.


Thank you and Amen



Originally posted April 7, 2013
Updated on May 5, 2019
Written and edited by Nathanael Vissia



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