8/17 Children’s Chapel
During the Summer, all children, teens and anyone interested are invited to children’s chapel. Children’s chapel is held each Sunday during the 10:30am service in the chapel except for the first Sunday of the month, when we celebrate at the family worship service. The family worship service has a youth focus with a children’s sermon and opportunities for youth to serve as readers, ushers and more! For children’s chapel, children begin in the sanctuary with their families and are asked to process with the cross to the chapel for a reading of the Gospel, prayers, creeds and fun activities. The children will return at the Peace to their families. Starting in the month of September, we will still have the family worship service each first Sunday of the month. Sunday school will return in the education building during the 10:30am service on all other Sundays of the month for children ages 4-12th grades. Nursery is provided each Sunday for children 0-3 years.
In the Gospel reading this week, we see that Jesus can get frustrated at people, just like we sometimes do. Jesus tried to describe Heaven and how God wants us to live our lives. But, people just couldn’t understand what he was saying. Jesus tried to tell parables;stories that people could relate to and understand. That’s why he told stories about banquets, farming and vineyards. The people that Jesus encountered still didn’t understand. When Jesus talks to the woman in this week’s Gospel, he becomes frustrated with her. She is an outsider and isn’t following “the rules” of the day. But, she is persistent and doesn’t give up. She keeps talking to Jesus and he finally has mercy on her and heals her daughter.
Then Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.’ And her daughter was healed at that moment. Matthew 15:28
This week, remember to listen to God. Be persistent and don’t give up. Keep praying and talking to God. You will see that Jesus never deserts us, even in times of trouble. That’s something we can always count on.