Children's Nativity Sermon Outline

  • We have been getting excited for some time now
  • Eager anticipation and wondrous hope
  • Looking forward to the day when it would come…
  • THE ARGOS CHRISTMAS CATALOGUE!
  • And yet, despite all the looking forward to the presents, and all the food you plan to eat, and all the presents, and wondering which X-Factor Clone is going to make the Christmas Number One, and all the presents…  and maybe some presents to look forward to…
  • We should pause for a moment and remember the reason for the season
  • Gifts, especially those which you have chosen for friends or relations say something special:
  • They say “I thought of you”
  • They say “You are special”
  • They say “You matter to me”
  • This is what God has done for us
  • This is the best gift which he has given
  • This gift doesn’t come with a price tag
  • This gift doesn’t come expensively wrapped
  • But it comes from the heart.
  • It says “I thought of you”
  • It says “You are special”
  • It says “You matter to me”
  • “God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son” says the Gospel of John
  • God’s Only Son steps out of heaven and into our world, to be a gift to the world, to show how much God wants to be a part of our world…
  • Some of the toys and gifts Father Christmas might bring you might break, the batteries might run out, the glittery, tinselly bits might fade and get discarded after only a few weeks of play, for they are of this world.
  • The gift that God gives us lasts forever
  • Jesus Christ might have been born 2000 years ago, walked this earth and shared God’s Good News for only a short time
  • But that gift lasts forever, as Christ remains still with us: here in our hearts, here in the Church, here in his Holy Spirit which courses through all those who believe in the promises of Christ.
  • The batteries will never run out on the Holy Spirit…
  • This gift is for all time.
  • So, my dear friends, I pray that when Saint Nikolaus of Myra – in Scandanavia – Santa Klaus, Father Christmas comes he will bring you your heart’s desire (as long as you’ve been good, for as we all know: he’s making a list…), and as you gather with your family and friends around the Christmas Table…
  • I pray that you will remember the reason for the season, the greatest gift to all mankind
  • Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Saviour
  • Born.
  • Among us.
  • This Christmas time.
  • And so to remind us, let’s watch a retelling of that story (for we can never hear such a wonderful story too many times) from a Church in New Zealand…