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Children’s Sermon

Luke 13:10-17


Jesus Heals On The Sabbath


August 25, 2019

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Lectionary Year C


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ASK    (a.k.a The On-Ramp)

  • Good morning!
  • Can you tell me what some of the rules are in your favorite sport?
  • For example, in soccer, can you use your hands? (Not really – only the goalie can)
  • When does the clock stop in soccer? (Only during halftime)
  • How about baseball – can a base runner hold the ball while running around the bases? (No…that would be weird)
  • With any sport, can you just go on to the field whenever you feel like it? (No)


TELL    (a.k.a. The Freeway)

  • So all of those rules are important, right?
  • But when someone gets hurt, then those rules are quickly broken, aren’t they?
  • When someone is hurt, the clock stops, people who aren’t playing go out on the field, the ball is moved differently than it normally is.
  • The regular rules, then, don’t start back up until the hurt person is helped.
  • And that is because people are more important than the rules of the game.
  • The same sort of thing happens in today’s scripture story.
  • There are certain rules that the Israelites were given about their day off for worship, called “Sabbath.”
  • One of those rules said that they weren’t supposed to work on the Sabbath
  • But when Jesus saw a woman in the congregation who was hurt, Jesus helped that woman.
  • The leader of the congregation became upset and told Jesus that Jesus had just broken the rules, that Jesus had broken the “no working” rule of Sabbath.


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

  • But Jesus knew he was right.
  • Jesus told the leader of the congregation that healing someone who was hurt was more important than the rules in that moment.
  • Now, that doesn’t mean the Sabbath rules should always be ignored.
  • But just like the rules in a sport are paused when someone gets hurt, Jesus showed us the same was true of religious rules, too.
  • When someone was hurt, the rules needed to be paused. And then, once the person was cared for, then the rules could start up again.
  • Jesus words and actions are an important reminder that we - each and every one of us – are more important to God than the rules are.
  • And, when we or someone we know is hurting, God wants us to pause the rules and share God’s healing with those who are hurting.
  • That is 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 us…

…who shows us…


…how you love us…

…how you love us…


…more than anything else.

…more than anything else.


Help us love each other…

Help us love each other…


…in the exact same way.

…in the exact same way.


Thank you and Amen



Originally posted August 16, 2013
Updated on August 1, 2019
Written and edited by Nathanael Vissia



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