************ Children's Sermon on World Hunger ************
By: Rev. Adrian Dieleman
This sermon was preached on Sept 29, 2002
First Sunday of World
Peter Fish, picture of wheat field, advertisement about homeless pets
I Needy Pets
-I have a newspaper advertisement from the animal shelter (SHOW ADVERTISEMENT) .
-Nice looking cats and dogs who need a home.
-The first line of print says these animals "are the most helpless and hopeless of Tulare County's needy.
-Of course we don't like abandoned pets. And, it is awful that so many of them have no home and no food and no one to look after them.
II Needy Children
-There is something worse than a homeless and hungry pet. Do you know what that is? (GET CHILDREN TO RESPOND: HOMELESS AND HUNGRY PEOPLE AND CHILDREN).
-Across Tulare County and here in Visalia there are homeless and hungry people and children; in fact, I met a lady who runs a shelter for homeless children here in Visalia; she told me that the youngest child to stay at her home is an 8-year-old boy; imagine being only 8 and with no home and no food.
-We know that there are hungry children around the country and around the world. There are hungry boys and girls in far away places like Afghanistan and Iraq and India and China and Africa.
III Law of Gleaning
I would like to read some words from Leviticus 19. These are the commandments of God:
(2) "Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy."
(3) "Each of you must respect his mother and father, and you must observe my Sabbaths. I am the LORD your God."
(4) "Do not turn to idols or make gods of cast metal for yourselves. I am the LORD your God."
(11) "Do not steal. Do not lie. Do not deceive one another."
(12) "Do not swear falsely by my name and so profane the name of your God. I am the LORD. "
(13) "'Do not defraud your neighbor or rob him."
(18) "'Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD."
(9) "When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest.
Here is a picture of a wheat field (HOLD UP PICTURE). At harvest time they were to leave some grain standing at the side and end of the field. We hear they were supposed to do the same thing with the grapes:
(10) Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen.
In other words, leave the extra grapes on the vine.
(10) Leave them for the poor and the alien. I am the LORD your God.
IV Peter Fish
-(HOLD UP PETER FISH). Who knows what this is? (GET RESPONSE). After the service the deacons are giving a Peter Fish to every family.
-What are we supposed to do with it? (GET RESPONSE: PUT MONEY IN).
-With the Peter Fish we give you this booklet (READ INSTRUCTION AT BOTTOM OF FIRST DEVOTION).
-What happens to the money we put in the Peter Fish? The deacons use it to feed hungry boys and girls in Visalia, Tulare County, Chicago, and around the world.
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