Damariscotta Baptist Church
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Growing personal relationships with God and community

06/10/12 Sermon - Abigail Vaughn

Ephesians 4:11-16
 

Let us pray: Thank you God for the gift of your word to us. And now may the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in Thy sight O Lord our Strength and our Redeemer, Amen

 

In our scripture today we read about how important it is to have teachers teach us about the Christian faith.

Teachers give us wisdom to help us in difficult times and they give us knowledge to help grow us and to pass on to others.

So today on Children’s Sunday we want to say thanks to our teachers for their faithfulness in giving themselves to follow God’s call to teach us children.

And as they know it’s not always an easy thing to do. It definitely requires patience!
 

There was a Sunday School teacher who asked her class on the Sunday before Easter if they knew what happened on Easter and why it was so important. 

One little girl spoke up saying: "Easter is when the whole family gets together, and you eat turkey and sing about the pilgrims and all that." 

"No, that's not it," said the teacher. 

"I know what Easter is," a second student responded. "Easter is when you get a tree and decorate it and give gifts to everybody and sing lots of songs." 

"Nope, that's not it either," replied the teacher. 

Finally a third student spoke up, "Easter is when Jesus was killed, and put in a tomb and left for three days." 

"Ah, thank goodness somebody knows" the teacher thought to herself. 

But then the student went on: "Then everybody gathers at the tomb and waits to see if Jesus comes out, and if he sees his shadow he has to go back inside and we have six more weeks of winter." 

Being a Sunday school teacher is not always an easy job. But it is an important job. You give us words of strength and wisdom to help us when the wind and waves will toss us about in our lives.
 

And your knowledge will also be the knowledge that we will be passing on to our children. That’s how it’s been done for over 2000 years!

So today we want say thanks to all the teachers for passing on your faith as well as your love and patience and kindness.
 

I want to close today with a poem titled“Why God Made Teachers”

When God created teachers,
He gave us special friends
To help us understand His world
And truly comprehend
The beauty and the wonder
Of everything we see,
And become a better person
With each discovery. 

When God created teachers,
He gave us special guides
To show us ways in which to grow
So we can all decide

How to live and how to do
What's right instead of wrong,
To lead us so that we can lead
And learn how to be strong. 

Why God created teachers,
In His wisdom and His grace,
Was to help us learn to make our world
A better, wiser place.  (Kevin William Huff)

On behalf of all the kids and youth at DBC, we give God thanks for our wonderful, wonderful teachers!

 

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen

 
And now if you would please rise for the benediction:
 

On this Children’s Sunday let us remember and give thanks to all of those teachers who have passed on the faith to us. And let us follow God’s call by passing it on to others. Amen