Advent 2- Stars in the Heavens – Friday 8th December – Jeremiah 1: 4-10

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Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth; and the Lord said to me, ‘Now I have put my words in your mouth. v9

Yesterday we heard about Paul speaking to the church in   Thessalonica. Today we read about God speaking directly to the young boy Jeremiah, who will become Gods Prophet and mouthpiece. Passing on the story of a God who brings hope and promise into the world is not just for adults, children play a part too. I know many children who have brought their parents to faith, by their commitment to Jesus as a role model, teacher and friend. Evangelism is done by anyone who loves the Lord,  whatever age. So see the adoration in the eyes of a child as they hear and act the Christmas story again, and be inspired and moved.

Give thanks for the words of children who have moved us and continue to move us as they blossom into shining stars that point us to Jesus Amen 

 

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Lent 2015 .. Day 26… Children and Communion

communion_cup_549697309I have had the pleasure again of conducting Communion at one of my churches. I find communion such a source of peace and welcome. It pains me to reflect on Churches who say they are a welcoming church when restrictions are put on people before they even enter the church door.

This week, I decided to move away from the more traditional liturgy of communion and invite children round the table, so they could see, close hand what was happening. As they gathered, and I talked to them, I sensed a silence occurring, not within the children but also within the congregation;it was one of those Spiritual moments. My language was not towards the adults, but the children, and as they prayed I felt a real sense of inclusivity.

Children can be wonderful disciples and witnesses if we would only let them. Yes my liturgical book when out through the window, but the Spirit took over and she enabled me to speak words the children needed to hear. Thanks be to God

Lord

You call all people to your table

No one is left out ..

Not one person.

…………….

Help us to welcome,

In the real sense,

Not just welcome into our building,

But welcome into your kingdom,

For your kingdom is not made of bricks and mortar

but of love and acceptance.

Amen

RD