We are celebrating Children's Sabbath this Sunday (11:15 in the sanctuary) and the lectionary, developed before Children's Sabbath was a thing, is not a friendly companion this week.
Spend some time with the appointed passages for Sunday - Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20; Philippians 3:4b-14; Matthew 21:33-46 - and think about what you would tell children about them. For that matter, consider what you'd tell adults.
Rev. Cattenhead will share some thoughts on the Matthew passage in The Well. I'll take the only passage I felt most comfortable connecting with the children (Exodus) and we'll see how it goes in the sanctuary.
While challenging to think about these scriptures with an eye toward celebrating God with children, the convergence of Children's Sabbath with these passages is a good reminder about real life.
Life isn't compartmentalized. The tough bleeds over into the touching. Jesus' welcome to children is not divorced from his difficult parables. Having a God who is good and merciful does not mean we don't also have a world with catastrophic storms and evil, murderous acts. It's why the commandments from Exodus continue to be necessary. It's why we depend on the rejected cornerstone for salvation. It's why we are right to press on toward the goal, even when we get bruised and battered in the pressing.
And, lest we forget, we live the commandments, serve the Lord, and press on best when we do that in community.
I hope you'll join us for worship Sunday morning and for our fun fellowship event, the Fall Festival, Sunday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. PLEASE NOTE: We've moved the Fall Festival to the Davis Christian Life Center due to a forecast of inclement weather.
See you Sunday.