Objects suggested: Items one would need for a tea party. Share cookies, etc. if situation and time permits.
Have you ever given a tea party? If not, let’s talk about what that’s like. Sometimes, when children are very young they like to give tea parties for their teddy bears. As you grow older you can invite your friends and family members.
First you need some tea – peppermint tea is nice. You will need an adult to help you prepare the tea because the water becomes very hot. While the water is heating you can prepare the tea table. If you have a pretty cloth put that over the table. Set out sugar and cream, cups, saucers, plates, and spoons. Arrange cookies, tiny sandwiches, strawberries or other fine food on a plate and invite your friends or family to join you.
What happens next is very important. Even though you may be hungry and the food looks tasty, even though the peppermint tea smells wonderful, you must serve your guests first. Imagine how they would feel if you filled your cup and plate and ignored them.
In the Bible we find that Jesus spoke about serving others. He said, “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted” (14:11).
When we take time to think about others we are able to offer them what they need. When we serve others we are doing God’s work.
We don’t serve because we want recognition or praise – we serve others because we want to share God’s love with them. Even in small ways, like making sure your guests feel welcome at your tea party, you are serving God.
Scripture quotations from the World English Bible
Copyright 2008, Richard Niell Donovan