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Gathering Together

150712kidsfor Sunday, July 12, 2015
7th Sunday after Pentecost
15th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Proper 10
Year B
lectionary focus: 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19; Psalm 24

Welcome!

I love how joyfully you all come up to the chancel steps. Some of you run; some of you skip; and some of you walk…slowly…but you each come with intention and a smile. And I love how when I come into church each Sunday, Mr. Ray meets me at the door and gives me a big hug before he gives me the bulletin. When we gather for church and when we gather on the chancel steps, we meet each other in a joyful way. And our joy gives witness to our unity, that we are excited to all be God’s children together.

On our bulletin cover this morning, there is a picture of doors. Some of you guys drew these doors a few weeks ago with Miss Lindsey. This picture shows our church is a welcoming place, inviting the world to come and join us and be part of God’s family. This picture shows that nothing will keep us from opening the doors to let the people in.

In our Bible story today, King David calls for the people of Israel to come to God’s house. King David leads the people dancing through the town, joyfully celebrating the Glory of God. The people go dancing and singing and playing instruments and inviting everyone to join them as they process to God’s temple. King David calls for the church doors to be lifted and opened that all may gather to worship God.

So you see, for thousands of years, people have been getting together to worship God. And we make a big deal of gathering. We open the doors and come into the church excited to see our friends; curious to meet new visitors; thankful that God is with us. We come into church and celebrate being together as family to worship God who loves us each very much.

This past week our special word was #dance and we looked for ways that people were dancing. This week’s special word is #music. I bet you can think of lots of good pictures to go with music. I wonder what pictures Pastor Joe is taking on his vacation to go with music? So keep your eyes watching and get your parents to snap and post some pictures with our #epcvbs. And remember, lift up your heads and worship with joy. We are gathered to celebrate.

Will you pray with me? (This is an echo prayer: the leader says a line and the children repeat it.)

Dear Lord,
Thank You
for doors that open.
Thank You
for our church family.
Thank You
for dance and music
and being together.
Us and You.
You love us.
We love You.
Amen

We are not Christians alone.
My mission is to share, inspire, and encourage.

Going through Doors to a Happy New Year!

for Sunday, January 1, 2012
First Sunday after Christmas Year B
New Year’s Day
lectionary focus: Psalm 148:1-14; Psalm 8
inspiration: Doors are BIG on New Year’s Day from Carolyn at Worshiping with Children
props: Gather the children at the main doors to the sanctuary. (Ours are in the back behind the pews.) The doors can be opened or closed, but you may want to have an usher there ready to assist late-comers so they do not become part of your presentation. Have a banner ready to hang across and above the door: Christ’s Hope and Peace and Joy and Love to You! (or the blessing of your choice)

Hey Everybody! Today we are not meeting on the chancel steps; today, we are meeting here in the back of the church at the doors to the sanctuary. Today is New Year’s Day. Happy New Year! I’ve always thought this an odd day. We call it NEW but it doesn’t seem any different than yesterday: the weather is about the same; we look the same…and yet we now get out new calendars and learn to write a new year number.

But New Year’s is like a door. We have just celebrated Christmas and filled our hearts with hope and peace and joy and love. Christ is born! The Light of the World is here! And now it is time — the New Year’s time — for us to go out into the world and carry all of this goodness with us. When we put away the Christmas decorations, we do not put away the blessings of Christ’s birth. So today, let us start the New Year at the door to our church, writing this blessing above the door: Christ’s Hope and Peace and Joy and Love to You! And at your home, you can make a banner for your front door — so that each time you go out and come in, you will remember the new life we have in Christ and carry the blessings of Christmas with you into the world and into the New Year.

Will you pray with me? (This is an echo prayer: the leader says a line and the children repeat it.)

Dear Lord,
Thank you
for the blessings of Christmas.
Help me
to share Your blessings
with everyone
as I go through these doors
into the world
and into the New Year.
Amen

We are not Christians alone. My mission is to share, inspire, and encourage.