Rev. Bill Roberts St. Gregory's Church, Deerfield, IL

 Children's Sermon

Merry Christmas, boys and girls! How are you doing tonight? Do you remember who joins us tonight? Gaston, the French Canadian reindeer who sometimes helps Santa with his sleigh. So, let’s call him. . . . Gaston, Gaston. . . .

Gaston    Bonsoir, boys and girls. Joyeux Noel! It is wonderful to see you again!

Bill          Merry Christmas, Gaston, what have you been up to?

Gaston    I am a movie star!

Bill          What do you mean, you’re a movie star?

Gaston    Well, didn’t you see The Santa Claus 2?

Bill           I did. You mean you were in it?

Gaston    Mais oui, I played Comet.

Bill          Boys and girls, did any of you see Santa Claus 2?

                So what did you like best about being on the movie set?

Gaston    I got to eat all that candy! And the elves taught me a lot of Christmas jokes.

Bill          Oh, really? Like what?

Gaston    What did Adam say on the day before Christmas?

Bill           I give up. What did Adam say on the day before Christmas?

Gaston     It's Christmas, Eve !

                What’s it called when Santa claps his hands?

Bill           I don’t know. What’s it called when Santa claps his hands?

Gaston     Santapplause!

                 Who delivers presents to baby sharks at Christmas?

Bill            I don’t know. Who delivers presents to baby sharks at Christmas?

Gaston      Santa Jaws !

                 Who delivers presents to cats at Christmas?

Bill            I give up. Who delivers presents to cats at Christmas?

Gaston      Santa Paws!

                 Who delivers presents to elephants at Christmas?

Bill            I don’t know. Who delivers presents to elephants at Christmas?

Gaston      Elephanta Claus!

Bill            Well, Gaston, I think it’s pretty great that you’ve become a movie star, but now I need to talk to the boys and girls about another kind of star. So why don’t you say, Merry Christmas to the boys and girls, and we’ll see you next year!

Gaston      Merry Christmas, boys and girls. Joyeux Noel!

Have any of you heard of Moravia before? It’s in a country known as the Czech Republic. Back in the 18th century a new church was started in Moravia, and it became known as the Moravian Church. One of its leaders was a man named Zinzendorf. Isn’t that a fun name to say? Try it: Zinzendorf. Well, Zinzendorf came to America, and on Christmas Eve in 1741 he founded a town in Pennsylvania. What do you think he named this town that he founded on Christmas Eve? Yes, Bethlehem. That’s how Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, began.

Well, about 150 years ago in Germany, there was a Moravian teacher who taught geometry. Do any of you know what geometry is about? Well, this Moravian geometry teacher made the first Moravian Star. Isn’t it amazing how it’s put together?

So what do you think the star stands for?

The star that led the wise men to Bethlehem

‘It is I, Jesus . . . the bright and morning star.’ Revelation 22:16

Why do you suppose Jesus calls himself the bright and morning star? [resurrection in the morning, in the east]

So after the service, you can go to my office, and Mrs. Roberts will give you a Moravian Star for you to hang on your Christmas tree, and remember the star that led the wise men to Bethlehem, and remember Jesus, who is our morning star.

And as a special bonus, when Mrs. Martin heard about the Moravian Star she remembered something called the Moravian cookie. So Mrs. Roberts will also give you a couple of Moravian cookies!

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