You’ve heard the saying, “Kids are to be seen but not heard!” Well, on Sunday–at least from my vantage point–the kids were definitely seen and heard! I know that young parents are mortified when their kids don’t “cooperate” in church. I get it. We want to have our act together. If it hadn’t been for older adults who have already come through “the great ordeal,” I would have lost my cool along time ago. But these caring adults told us: “Your kids are doing exactly what they’re supposed to do. You are doing just fine. Keep bringing them to church.” Thanks for your patience and love for the youngest among us.
On Sunday, however, at both services, a curious silence filled the sanctuary as I sang the Words of Institution. The children (and adults, too) stopped their coloring, their Cheerio-chomping, and they fixed their eyes (quite literally) on the elements and listened to the Song of Consecration. You may have noticed a longer pause between the Words of Institution and the Lord’s Prayer. At both services, it hit me like a ton of bricks! Isn’t this exactly how we should look upon Christ?! Luther once said, “When I look to myself, I cannot see how I can be saved. When I look to Christ, I don’t see how I can be lost!”
Fixing My Eyes on Christ with You,
To prepare for worship on Sunday
(November 20), you are invited to read: