This past Sunday during children’s time, our children heard a story about the Ark of the Covenant. Actually, I think we all heard a story about the Ark of the Covenant. The fact that everyone gets to listen is what I love about our “children’s time”, and is yet another thing I value about our worship experience. On Sunday, as our children marched around the sanctuary carrying that sacred chest, Pastor Christina recounted the Bible story, and we all listened. In simple words, all God’s children learned about the focus of worship that day.
I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately as we prepare to enter the season of Lent. During our Lenten series, we will be immersed in the acts of worship, learning how can we be aware of God’s presence during worship, and rejoicing in how we hear God’s Word (through Scripture). We will be reminded of how can we respond to God through prayer, song, and gifts. And of course, we will be encouraged to pray for our world, our community, our families, and ourselves.
So, if we go back to the beginning of this article, you may wonder why I talked about the children’s message. Here’s the thing. I feel the children’s message is not about five or so cute minutes spent with our children. I feel the time with children prepares them to learn and grow through our entire worship experience. Similarly, we hope to prepare and inspire all God’s children to go out into the world to do God’s work with thoughtfulness and love.
If we’re going to talk about sending our children out to do God’s work, we have to look back on another successful Souper Bowl Sunday! Our amazing young people presented another insightful, smart, thoughtful worship service that inspired us to contribute over $1500 and 216 cans of food for our Buddy Bag program! I thank God often for these inspiring teens and their willingness to share their gifts. Thank you for your contributions, love, prayers, and support for our youth.