Christian Oriented Pumpkin Carving
Pumpkin Carving Prayer
Thanks to Jo for sharing this idea!
"I thought I would pass this on to you. We just did this last week in Sunday School and it worked wonderfully. This is a great way to put a little Christian in Halloween. The pumpkins turned out really cute! Thanks for you hard work...Jo"
The Pumpkin Prayer
As I carve my pumpking help me say this prayer:
Open my mind so I can learn about You;
(Cut the top of the pumpkin)
Take away all my sin and forgive me for the wrong things I do.
(Clean out the inside)
Open my eyes so Your love I will see;
(Cut the eyes out in heart shapes)
I'm so sorry for turning up my nose to all you've given me.
(Cut a nose in the shape of a cross)
Open my ears so your word I will hear.
(Cut the ears shaped like the Bible)-we did rectangles
Open my mouth so I can tell others You're near
(cut the mouth in the shape of a fish)
Let Your light shine in all I say and do! Amen.
(Place a candle inside and light it)
A lady recently being baptized was asked by a co-worker what it was like to be a Christian. She replied, "It's like being a pumpkin: God picks you from the patch, brings you in, and washes all the dirt off of you. Then he cuts the top off and scoops out all the yucky stuff. He removes the seeds of fear, doubt, despair, hate, impurity, and greed. Then He carves you a new smiling face and puts His light inside of you to shine for all the world to see."
We have used the following presentation of the good news many times and with God-blessed results.
Take a pumpkin. "You aren't a pumpkin, but all of us are something like one. God picks you from the patch, brings you in, and washes all the dirt off of you." Talk about how a pumpkin is like us: it has an outside and an inside. The outside is what people see. The inside is like our soul or our heart. A pumpkin left to itself will soon rot and die. We will die some day too."
Carve out eyes and a small "o" shaped mouth. As you make the holes and pull out the pieces of rind, ask people what they see inside (yucky stuff). "This is what we look like to others and what we are like when are hearts are not changed. The hearts of men are full of evil and there is madness in their hearts while they live (Ecclesiastes 9:3). How can we get rid of this icky stuff?"
"God is the only one who can change our heart. But in order for God to change our heart we must become open to him." Carve an opening in the top of the pumpkin big enough to put your hand through. You might want to quote Revelation 3:20: Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.
Put in your hand and pull out the insides. "God scoops out all the yucky stuff inside of us. He removes the seeds of fear, doubt, despair, hate, impurity, and greed." Talk about the cross and how Jesus was willing to become messy for us, so that we might be clean. I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. (Ezekiel 36:25b-27).
"But if we leave a pumpkin with just the insides taken out, then it's just hollow. We need to have a light inside that will truly make us alive! Jesus said, 'I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.' Add a light to the inside of the pumpkin. "When Jesus lives inside of you, you can glow! You will want to be kind and honest. You will want to please God, to help others, and to tell other people about your Friend and Lord."
At this point you might want to carve the mouth into a smile! "God carves you a new smiling face and puts His light inside of you to shine for all the world to see."
Another version of this is to actually carve the face of Jesus into the pumpkin. You will need to do some precarving beforehand (to reduce the time), but it is very effective. Check out the pumpkin template that we have available for you to print: Jesus Pumpkin Template. http://www.new-life.net/halowen6.htm
Also see our page on carving Pumpkin Letters. http://www.new-life.net/halowen8.htm
Christian Pumpkin Carvings
I am a Jack O' Lantern
My light will shine so bright
For I am a Christian pumpkin
My symbols tell what's right.
My nose is like the cross
on which on Savior died
To set us free from sin
We need no longer hide.
My mouth is like a fish
The whole wide world to show
That Christians live in this house
And love their Savior so!
The story starts at Christmas
My eyes are like the star
That shone on Baby Jesus
And wise men saw from far
My color it is orange
Just like the big bright sun
That rose on Easter Day
Along with God's own Son.
And so on Halloween
Let's set our pumpkins out
And tell the trick or treaters
What God's love is all about!
[b]Pumpkin Carving Skit, for 1 speaking clown - suitable for halloween, harvest time, Thanksgiving (courtesy of Flutterby, looney4one at aol.com)
hello Everybody! I just did a short little lesson at children's church today and thought someone might be looking for an idea for this season of the year.....
I did a story about the pumpkin. I asked the children how many had been to a pumpkin patch yet and that I had just been there the day before (here in Iowa there are lots of pumpkin patches) I told them I needed to carve my pumpkin right away and asked if I could do it while I was there. My pumpkin was on the floor and I went into some silliness of trying to get the pumpkin from the floor to the little table I was going to use to carve. I acted like it was too heavy and my legs buckled and I drooped too low and couldn't get it on the table ... Then I tried to swing it onto the table and instead got myself swinging around in circles and missed the table ... I'm sure you all could think of other silliness....
Laissez les bon temps rouler! Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.** a 4 day work week & sex slaves ~ I say Tyt for PRESIDENT! Not to be taken internally, literally or seriously ....Suki ebaynni
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