Monday, April 29, 2019

Thanksgiving Children's Sermon - Giving Thanks in Every Circumstance

Thanksgiving Children's Sermon -

Thanksgiving in Every Circumstance

Use this Thanksgiving children’s sermon to teach kids that we can always find something to thank God for.

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Needed: nothing

Children’s Sermon: Greet children with, Happy Thanksgiving! And, of course, Thanksgiving is all about giving thanks, isn’t it? We thank God for all the good things He’s done for us. What are some things that you want to thank God for this year?

(Share something that you’re thankful for.)

I want to play a little game today. Because the Apostle Paul wrote that we should…

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

“Give thanks in all circumstances.” That means we should thank God when things are good and when things are bad. Let’s practice.

Let’s pretend that you’re all on a sports team and I’m your coach. If our team just won a game, what could we thank God for? (We could thank Him for letting us win.)

But what if our team lost? Then, what could we thank God for? (We could thank Him for letting us play well and have fun together.)

Okay. Second example: What if it was a beautiful, sunshiny day outside? What could we thank God for? (We could thank Him for the nice weather.)

But what if it was rainy all day? What could we thank God for, then? (We could thank Him for the rain to help the grass and other plants grow.)

Okay. Last example: What if someone was sick, and we prayed that they would get better and then, they did get better? What could we thank God for in that situation? (We could thank God for healing the sick person and making them healthy again.)

But what if we prayed, and God didn’t heal the person? What if the person died? What could we thank God for, then? (We could thank God for the good life the person had and that we’ll see them in Heaven again someday.)

See? Whether things are good or bad, we can always thank God for something. That’s why Paul tells us to “Give thanks in all circumstances.”

Let’s pray and give thanks now.

Closing Prayer: Father God, we thank You for being a good God. You are so good that no matter what happens, we can always thank You for something. Help us to see the good in every situation so that we can always give You thanks. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Thanksgiving Recommended Extras

Thanksgiving Jokes – You can’t go wrong starting out your children’s with some corny jokes. The adults and kids will both love it! This book by Arnie Lightning even has illustrations for each joke that you can show.

Thanksgiving Jokes: Funny Thanksgiving Jokes for Kids by [Lightning, Arnie]

GodGave Us Thankful Hearts – an illustrated storybook by Lisa Bergren in which Lil Pup’s mother helps him see all the things he can be thankful for even though he’s not happy about winter coming

Learn about Israel’s Thanksgiving Feast – a free lesson in which students pull objects out of a bag that remind them of the Thanksgiving holiday and what we can thank God for

Thanksgiving Lesson – a free children’s lesson that involves telling children sad stories about other kids and asking them to brainstorm about how to help those children. It will make kids feel both thankful and giving for Thanks-giving.


This children's sermon is included in my book, Holy Days: Children's Sermons for the Holidays.
Holy Days: Children's Sermons for the Holidays by [Wilson, Rev. Stephen R.]
Kindle $4.99, Print $7.99

Find more short devotionals on my Free Children's Sermons page!

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