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Fifth Sunday in Lent – The Other Red, White, and Blue

Text (1John 1: 7) But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his son, purifies us from all sin. (New International Version)

Thought starters
Ask the children if they know their school colors? What are they? Does your School have a flag? Is it displayed in a prominent place?

We certainly have seen a lot of flags on television lately. Can you name some of them? (United States, United Kingdom, Iraqi)

Do these countries fly them high? Do they fly them to identify their loyalty or territory?

Does the church have a flag? (The Christian Flag) Where is it? (Somewhere in the Sanctuary) What are the colors? (Red, White, and Blue) What do the colors stand for?

Here is what the colors of the Christian Flag stand for. The white represents purity and peace. The blue stands for faithfulness, truth, and sincerity. The red (cross) is the color of sacrifice, calling to mind the blood shed by Jesus. Represented by the cross.

The flag was conceived in 1897 in Coney Island, New York.

How do you know you are a Christian? [pause for responses from the children] (When you believe that Jesus was Crucified, Died, and was buried, and was raised on the third day), (As Jesus said, "Love God above all, and your neighbor as yourself."), ("They will know we are Christians by our Love")

Hymn "We are one in the Spirit" – Peter Scholtes

Prayer-(We stood up and recited the Pledge to the Christian Flag which was written in 1908)

"I pledge allegiance to the Christian Flag and to the Savior for whose kingdom it stands. One brotherhood, uniting all mankind. in service and love".

Props-Hopefully a Christian Flag in or around the Sanctuary

William Bode, Director of Children’s Ministries

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