On Sunday, October 23, 2016, our children in grades K-5 led the worship service. They wrote the prayers and other parts of the liturgy, read the scriptures, sang songs and led the hymns, and delivered the Word in scripture and sermon. The theme for this service was All God’s Children, emphasizing that, despite our individual differences, we are all children of God.
In the same way, though there are many of us, we are one body in Christ, and individually we belong to each other. Romans 12: 5
We Are Part of God’s Family
Amber, Grade 3
We are all family members to God. Family members all have a job. The mom and the dad take care of the children and each other. The kids’ job is to take care of the mom and dad and each other. To us we are many, but to God we are one body. Each part belongs to another part of the body. All of us has a job that we need to take care of so we can keep others safe. We need all of are body parts to work together.
That is just the same with us, we need to now what is happening so we can find a solution. You need to be able to communicate and listen to work together. Sometimes we have to communicate with people that bully us, try to hurt us and threaten our country. Sometimes it is hard to communicate with people that are friends, neighbors, or even people that have helped serve our country. We appreciate those people. When we meet someone, the memory stays with us forever.
Let’s leave kindness, compassion and love with others. That is what God can do. He really is amazing. That’s the power of God working against the dark forces like Satan and the devil. Our God is an awesome, amazing, great, powerful, wonderful God!
Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. Ephesians 2: 19-20
In God’s Family We Are Not Strangers, But Friends
Ava, Grade 4
To me this means that all of the people in the world are in your family. You may think that a stranger is just what they seem—a stranger, BUT, they are actually a member of God’s family. Like it says in Ephesians 2:19, “So then you are no longer strangers and foreigners; but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God.”
When a new person visits our church we should welcome them as we would welcome family that we haven’t seen in a long time. We should shake their hand, ask them how they are doing and invite them to spend more time with our church family. Also, tell them a little about yourself, like how you came to this church, about your baptism or about your favorite activities at the church.
An example I have of not being a stranger but a friend is when a new person showed up at Sunday School about 3 months ago, I sat by her, talked to her, included her with the other Sunday School friends and invited her to sit with us during church. I also shared information about becoming an Acolyte and joining choir and hand chimes. Now she comes to choir and I get to see and be with her more, which makes me happy! We continue learning about each other and making our friendship stronger.
In God’s family we are not strangers but friends. Go out into the world today, talk to someone new and make a new friend!!
For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neitherJew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. Galatians 3:27-29
We Must Show the World How Much we Care
Kylie, Grade 4
No matter if you’re black, brown, or white, we all worship the same God and only God. We are more alike than we are different. We have the same color blood, we want the same things for our children, and we have the same dreams. We are all the same in God’s eyes.
We have to remember that we will make mistakes and we have to forgive one another, as we wish to be forgiven. Whatever comes between our life, we will always have God and our friends and family to support all of us. We all have feelings, and we need to respect every ones individual feelings.
God has a jewel-filled life for all of us ahead. For example, we all love God and we all worship God, and God always forgives everyone. It is not like God is just going to pick one person not to forgive.
You should always know, God always has a huge area in his heart for you and will always be there to support you. At the end we are all going to go to heaven, no matter if we are black, brown, or white.