I’ve heard from a source I cannot reveal… Okay, it’s Deb Soderholm…. I’ve heard that Deb is going to share a story with us in worship in much the same way as she does in Connect Club. I’ve been here six years… I’ve never seen that, and I can’t wait to experience what all the kids and their parents are talking about.
As a part of our Children’s Ministry Celebration we will also introduce Jody Veatch, who is otherwise known as Mac and Ellie’s mom or Jeff’s spouse or Mary of the Holy Family at the 2016 Christmas Eve service… as our new Assistant to the Director of Children’s Ministries. It’s exciting to welcome Jody to our church staff. She will work with Deb to try to keep up with kids and parents and families and all the great things that go on here in Children’s Ministry.
Sunday is also the beginning of a summer-long sermon series in which we will explore together some of the core values of our congregation. It’s called
As I mentioned in the June newsletter, these are the values I’ve observed, not necessarily a list we developed together. The first value fits well with celebrating children’s ministry… “We Make Sure Children Receive Holy Communion.” I’m going to tell the story of a “Goosebump” moment for Don and Deb and myself. It’s about the day when we found a way to have kids in church for the sacrament of Holy Communion and still be able to go to Sunday School. It is a time when we opened ourselves to the Holy Spirit by being open to a change in our worship style and practice.
The scripture for Sunday is about Jesus talking generally about acceptance and specifically about children. It’s short and sweet and only two verses. Luke 18:15-17
“People brought babies to Jesus, hoping he might touch them. When the disciples saw it, they shooed them off. Jesus called them back. “Let these children alone. Don’t get between them and me. These children are the kingdom’s pride and joy. Mark this: Unless you accept God’s kingdom in the simplicity of a child, you’ll never get in.” (The Message)
Those of us who are around children… might take exception with Jesus because there never has been anything simple about children. And among the things we celebrate on this Sunday are both the hard work of those who are with our children as well as the importance of taking our children seriously.
That is all true enough. And so maybe Jesus is talking about something else….something about life not being simple, but perhaps less complicated… less filled with different agendas and schedules and plans. Maybe Jesus is talking about how when we keep things clear like finding a way to accept someone like a baby or a child…who has not done a thing to deserve our acceptance… we experience how it is that God has accepted us.