This past Sunday we had a Whole Congregation service led by Rev. Rachael. It was good to see the children looking interested, sleepy some of the time, alert most of the time, participating in the taste meditation focused on grief and gratitude. Listen – ding – chew bread – listen – ding – chew bread (repeat 10 times!). The challenge was to chew slowly and make the bread last. Many many people lined up to drop a glass stone in the Joys and Sorrows vase.
I believe that children need to learn to sit through worship and ritual that isn’t all about them. As a teacher I told my elementary school students that one of THE MOST important skills in life is to be able to sit still and look interested even when you are not. It is my hope that in learning how to sit through worship children will learn to appreciate more and more of the service until one day they too are taken through the arc of emotions the Sunday worship leaders strive for when planning the service.
I am hoping Rev. Rachael and I can work together to do these types of services more and more. This service was all hers and I was grateful to participate in it and share it with the children. It was a service that was truly good for all ages.
Our sanctuary had only three seats empty. Amazing. To be able to worship with so many is a joy.