Hopefully, there’s no meaning in the fact that our Blessing of the Animals preceded our Children’s Sabbath.
This Sunday, Oct. 20, our 11 worship will be a special day to remember our children, our ministry to them, and their ministry to us. And we will also remember children across this land, many of whom do not have the advantages that our kids do; or face particular hardships. We will be joining with other churches, synagogues and mosques as this weekend many houses of worship will observe the Children’s Defense Fund-sponsored Children’s Sabbath.
In their Sunday School classes, our children have prepared the words of gathering, and have chosen a confession that they liked.
But the service, as with last week’s Blessing of the Animals, will be more or less typical of our 11 am worship at Old First. The lectors and liturgists will be younger, but our in our recent experience, no less prepared or capable.
Michael will be preaching a sermon on Genesis 32:22-31 and Jeremiah 31:27-34; it will be titled, “Ours Is a God of Many Covenants.”
The National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths Celebration is a way for faith communities to celebrate children as sacred gifts of the Divine, and provides the opportunity for houses of worship to renew and live out their moral responsibility to care, protect and advocate for all children. “Our children” is a misnomer if it only refers to those in our immediate community…
This celebration is a part of a broader children’s movement by the Children’s Defense Fund that aims to unite communities and religious congregations of all faiths across the nation in shared concern for children and a common commitment to improving their lives and working for justice on their behalf. In that respect, each action is bigger, more powerful and more inspiring than the efforts of any one celebration.
Please join us for worship this Sunday.
P.S. We will specifically recognize the ministry of our Sunday School teachers by commissioning them a week from this Sunday, when we celebrate Reformation Sunday, Oct. 27.