Use this Veterans Day children’s sermon to teach kids that we honor those who fought to bring peace.
Scripture: Matthew 5:9
Needed: picture of soldiers at peace, such as during the Christmas Truce
Ask, Do any of you know what holiday we’re going to celebrate tomorrow? (Veterans Day!)
And what is a veteran? (Someone who served in the military.)
Do any of you know someone who was in the military? Who was it?
(Briefly share about anyone you know who served in the military.)
Why do you think we’re going to celebrate Veterans Day tomorrow? Why not celebrate it some other day?
We celebrate Veterans Day tomorrow because it’s the anniversary of when World War I ended. The two sides of the war stopped fighting and made peace with each other. (Show your picture of soldiers at peace.) The best part about a war is when it’s over, and everyone can be at peace again.
But, sometimes, the only way to have peace is to fight first. As Christians, we don’t like to fight, but we know that sometimes, we have to fight to keep other armies from doing bad things. If one country’s army is trying to attack us or another country, we have to fight to stop them. We fight to keep ourselves or other people safe. And then, after the war is over, we thank the soldiers for doing such a great job and bringing peace. The soldiers risk their lives to bring peace.
Jesus talked about how important making peace is. He said…
(Read Matthew 5:9.)
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”
Jesus said “Blessed are the peacemakers,” the people who make peace. Our soldiers help make peace all over the world, and that’s why we thank them on Veteran’s Day. No good soldier wants to fight, but they do it to make peace.
Lord, we pray for the day when we won’t need to have wars or armies or soldiers. We pray for the time when everyone will do what is right. But until that time, we thank You for the men and women who are brave enough to fight so that they can make peace. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
You can also find this children’s sermon for Kindle or in print in my book, Holy Days: Children’s Sermons for the Holidays.