“Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.”
(1 Thessalonians 5:11)
I am proud to be part of a congregation that is so supportive of children. When we perform the sacrament of baptism, we promise to be responsible for the nurture of the child. We do that with our Sunday morning and Wednesday night education. Its effectiveness is expressed the second Sunday of each month when the children are liturgists for the worship service.
I was concerned the first couple times the children led worship. Would they be prepared? Even more importantly, would they be terrified to speak in front of four hundred people? Month after month, dozens of children, some so young they appear to be disembodied voices behind the pulpit. Each children’s Sunday, without fail, the children were well prepared and excited to participate. How can this be working so well?
Are all our children extroverts? Are our children like those in Lake Wobegon and “all the children are above average?” While I love and cherish each one of our children, and they are certainly all “above average,” there is another reason. The real reason our children are so comfortable is because our congregation is so accepting and supportive of our children.
One of the most spiritual affirmations a church can make is the commitment to making church a safe, comfortable, and loving place. We’ve done that for our children. We must continue to make this a priority for everyone in our church. Today, thank God for the blessing of our children. When a child or youth leads worship, remember their names and offer prayers for them throughout the following week. When we pray for our children and youth, we fulfill the commitment we made to them on their baptismal day. Our children and youth are a blessing from God and deserve the very best we can provide.