1 Peter 2:4-8
|wood building blocks -
several 5Ĺ" x 2ĺ" x 1ľ" (or
along with other sizes.
some blocks from the pre-school room to play with this morning. I
thought I might build part of a castle this morning, actually -
just two of its walls. Do any of you like building with blocks?
Good. I thought you might. Youíre welcome to help me, but you
must do what I tell you. Okay?
this castle, I need to start somewhere. Whenever you build
something, you have to start somewhere, and the best place is in a
corner. In fact, when people build a real castle, or a real house,
they always start at a corner. Did you know that? Let me lay down
the very first block. If I were using stones to build my castle,
this would be known as the "cornerstone." Itís a very
important block. Once it is laid, itís easier to figure out how
the rest of the castle will be built. It also is important because
it bears a lot of the weight of the walls.
Now that this
corner block is down, letís build our walls (direct the
children to lay down a 3 block by 2 block foundation for 2 walls
forming a 90į angle - note picture below. Using the rest of the blocks, build up this
wall as high as you can. Your primary blocks should be 5Ĺ" x
2ĺ" x 1ľ" or equivalent, as much as possible). I
like playing with building blocks, how about you? Now, I know this
is not going to be a complete castle, but I want us to see a bit
of what it looks like. Try to imagine the rest.
We now have a
portion of our castle built. Carefully, without actually trying to
knock it over, come over here and feel how sturdy the corner of
these walls are. These walls will not easily fall down. Theyíd
be even sturdier, of course, if we had the whole castle up, but we
donít have enough blocks or time to do that this morning.
Now, let me
carefully take out that first block I laid, the
"cornerstone" (note the picture above with the block
to the left removed from the corner). Now feel how sturdy the wall is. It seems
a little wobbly, doesnít it? Thatís because itís missing the
"cornerstone." The "cornerstone" is that
Let me say
something real simple, something the Bible itself says: Jesus is
the cornerstone for us. If we were to think about "us" -
our families, our church, our very lives - as if we were castles
built with blocks, Jesus would be the corner block, the
"cornerstone." We need to make sure that heís the
first block we lay at the corner of everything we do. He helps our
castle not to fall. He keeps our families from tumbling down. With
him as our "cornerstone," our church wonít break
apart. When he is the corner block, our lives rise up and become
beautiful and sturdy. Without him, we fall apart.
Okay, now Iíll
let you do what you probably have wanted to do from the beginning.
Letís tear this castle without a cornerstone down, and put it
back into the box. Thank you. Would you older ones help the
preschoolers take this box back to their room for their time of
worshipful play, and then return to your seats. Bye.
you have given us
grace at this time with one accord
to make our common supplications to you,
and you have
promised through you well-beloved Son
that when two or three are gathered together
you will hear their requests.
Fulfill now our desires and petitions,
as may be best for us,
granting us in
knowledge of your truth,
and in the age to
through Jesus Christ, our Lord. AMEN
Attributed to St. John Chrysostom, 4th c., adapted