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Mother's Day Sunday Lesson Introduction

This lesson was contributed by William Bode, Director of Children’s Ministries, St. John’s United Church of Christ, Grand Rapids, MI.

“John Followed His Mom’s Advice”

Text (Psalm 67:1-4) May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine upon us, that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among the nations. May the peoples praise you, O God; may all the peoples praise you. May the nations be glad and sing for joy; for you rule the peoples justly and guide the nations of the earth. (New International Version)

Thought Starters

Today we celebrate Mother’s Day. I thought I would tell you about a boy named John and how his mommy and daddy each wanted him to grow up to be a follower of Jesus but disagreed on what he should do with his life.

His dad, known as Deacon John was a farmer and shoemaker. He was a man who spent many hours at his church in Massachusetts. Deacon John was a good example by giving ten percent of what he made to the church. His mom, Susanna was a loving mother, and wanted the best for her son.

Young John was taught to read at home, he really wanted to be a farmer like his father. Young John told his dad he liked the work of a farmer, but his dad told him, “But I don’t like it so well: so you will go back to school today.”

At the age of fifteen young John was pronounced, “Ready for college” and he went to a college called Harvard. His dad sold ten acres of his farm so John could go to college. In college John discovered his love for books. He read the Bible every Thursday through Sunday morning.

After he graduated from college it is thought that he might become a pastor. His mother thought he was not good enough to be a pastor of a church, even though his father Deacon John wished John would become a pastor. Anyway, John was good at public speaking and he made his mother happy when he became a lawyer instead of a pastor.

He moved to Boston and helped many people with their problems. One day several soldiers killed five people. John was told to represent the soldiers, which was a very unpopular position to be in and as a result, John lost many of his friends. He lost all of his friends when he was able to prove that the soldiers were defending themselves, which he proved and won the case.

John loved his community and he ran for local offices and ended up representing the State of Massachusetts in Congress.

His dad Deacon John didn’t live to see what his son eventually became. I’m sure he would have been very proud, as his mother was, when John was elected President of the United States, following a guy named George Washington. The young John who listened to his mother’s advice was John Adams, the second President of the United States.

Prayer- Dear God. Thank you for stories of loving mothers and their concern for what we become. Help us to be followers of Jesus first and serve you in all we do. Amen

Prop- Picture of John Adams

Video/Computer Screen-Picture of John Adams, the Second President of the United States.

Note-This story is inspired and taken from David McCullough’s book John Adams Copyright © by David McCullough, A Touchstone Book Published by Simon and Schuster, New York.

William Bode, Director of Children’s Ministries
St. John’s United Church of Christ
Grand Rapids, MI

Bill also host the website  www.childrenssermons.net

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