St. Patrick Loves His Enemies!
Use this Saint Patrick’s children’s sermon to teach kids to do good to those who wrong them.
Scripture: Luke 6:27-28
Needed: picture of a leprechaun
Children’s Sermon: Ask students, Who can tell me what holiday it is today? (St. Patrick's Day!)
Can anyone tell me anything about St. Patrick?
(Show your picture of a leprechaun.) St. Patrick was a very short man who lived at the end of the rainbow, and if you found him, you could take his pot of gold.
No, that’s not right.
St. Patrick was a regular person who lived in England. But when he was a teenager, he was kidnapped by some people from Ireland, and they made him be their slave!
How would you like to be a slave?
How would you feel about people who kidnapped you and made you be their slave?
I wouldn't like to be a slave. I would probably be pretty angry at, and maybe even hate, someone who kidnapped me and made me be their slave.
Well, six years later, Patrick escaped. He went back to England, and he studied how to be a priest, or a pastor. Then, do you know what he did? He went back to Ireland and to the people who had kidnapped him, and he told them about Jesus!
Even though they had done something bad to him by kidnapping him and making him their slave, he did something good to them by telling them about Jesus.
And that's what God wants us to do too. When people do wrong things to us, God wants us to do good things to them. We never do bad things back to people. We follow St. Patrick's example by doing good to everyone, even people who have done bad to us.
(Read Luke 6:27-28.)
“Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”
And St. Patrick was so successful in getting the people of Ireland to believe in Jesus, that eventually most of the people in the country became Christians.
Closing Prayer: Lord, help us to be like St. Patrick. Help us to do good to people who wrong us. Help us to share your love with everyone. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
Saint Patrick’s Day Recommended Extras
Patrick, Patron Saint of Ireland – I’m going to suggest two books that tell the real story of St. Patrick’s life. The first is by Tomie dePaola. I’m recommending this book because I love the art style. It’s so unique. It not only grabs my imagination but kids’ as well. Use it in place of the story I provide below to give kids an illustrated, more complete version of the story.
St.Patrick’s Day – Gail Gibbons is the author of the second book. It tells nearly the same story but with illustrations that have a more cartoony style. Use this one with a younger crowd and the first with a group that’s mostly older.
Green Object Lessons – free object lessons that use the color of the holiday to teach kids two important lessons
This children's sermon is included in my book, Holy Days: Children's Sermons for the Holidays.
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