As we move toward the beginning of a new year, we have children sermons for the Season of Christmas. In Soul-ed Out for Jesus, John the Baptist was completely committed to preparing the way for Jesus. He pointed others to Jesus. Next, we learn of Mary, Mother of Jesus who found favor with God and was chosen to bring the new-born savior into the world. Next, we learn about grace as The Gift of God. God’s gift of grace is for us to receive. We cannot earn our way to heaven; we must trust Jesus to save us.
Christmas Day has the story of A Child is Born. The lowly shepherds heard the birth announcement of Jesus first. The Shepherd of the world was born in a lowly stable and is an example for us to be humble. The good news is for all people. Months later, the wise men from the east came to worship and bring gifts to God’s anointed King, as foretold in the scriptures — to be born in Bethlehem. To this day, Wise Men Worship Jesus. On the Sunday following Christmas, we read of a Special Delivery, the story of the incarnation. God delivered his own Son, the baby Jesus, at just the right time.
For New Year’s Day, we can read how the prophet Nehemiah read scriptures to God’s people on the first day of the year near Jerusalem’s Water Gate. We get an inner joy and strength from understanding and following God’s word. And on the first Sunday of the new year, in Adopted, we hear how God adopts us as his children. He gives the Holy Spirit to those who believe in Jesus.