|Theme:||God has a plan for each of us. Proper 16 (21) Yr. C|
|Object:||Name tags that say, "Hello, my name is _______."|
|Scripture:||"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations." Jeremiah 1:5 (NIV)|
As you can see, I am wearing a name tag this morning. It says, "My name is (Your Name)." I want to make sure that all of you know my name. I also want to know your name too, so I have a name tag for each of you. A little later, I want you to write your name on your name tag and then come to see me so that I can make sure I know your name. Wearing a name tag is a good way for all of us to get to know each other, isn't it?
Have you ever heard the song, "He Knows My Name?" It is a very popular song that is sung in many churches all over the world. It goes like this:
Do you know where the songwriter got the idea for that song? It is from our Bible lesson this morning.
Our story begins with God speaking to a young boy by the name of Jeremiah. "Before I started to put you together inside of your mother, I knew you. Before you were even born, I set you apart; I chose you to be a prophet to the nations."
Jeremiah heard God and he understood what God wanted him to do, but he was afraid. He answered God and said, "Oh, Lord! I can't be your prophet. I don't even know how to speak; I am only a child."
God answered Jeremiah and said, "Don't say, 'I am only a child.' You must go wherever I send you and do what I tell you. Don't be afraid, because I am with you." Then the Lord touched Jeremiah's mouth and said, "See, I have put my words in your mouth. Today I have chosen you to be over the nations and the kings."
Wow! God had some mighty big plans for Jeremiah, didn't he? Well, God may have some pretty big plans for you too. He knows your name. He knew you before you were even born and he has a plan for your life. When God asks you to do something, don't say, "I'm only a child!" Don't be afraid, do what God tells you to do, because he will be with you wherever he sends you.
Father, thank you for being a God who knows us by name. Help us to remember that when you show us the plans that you have for us, there is nothing to fear, because you are with us. Amen.
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