When we attend church, we intentionally place ourselves in a community of believers. We become a family, learning from each other and sharing in one another’s joys and sorrows. What binds us together is our common faith in God: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We gather communally to worship the same Lord whenever we attend church.
The act of worship is not relegated to a subset of our church family – it is not solely the job of the priests, the vestry, or the adults in the parish. The act of worship is inclusive to all! Each of us is called by God to worship Him in spirit and in truth.
The privilege to worship especially applies to our children! On Sunday mornings, children attend Sunday School at 9:15 am. During this time, we delve into the Bible in meaningful ways. But learning about God is not enough – we must also talk to God, thank God, and allow God to speak to us. During our Children’s Chapel service on Sundays at 10:00 am, parish children spend time in song, prayer, and scripture reading. This exactly mirrors the main church service in a developmentally appropriate way. Children then join the main service during the offertory and the exchange of Peace. Parish children are able to participate even more fully in worship, serving as acolytes every Sunday and as lay readers and ushers on our monthly “Youth Sunday.”
However, on Sunday, January 28th, we will be celebrating the gift of community with a Family Mass! Children will serve as ushers and readers and offer kid-composed Prayers of the People. Fr. Doran will share a special “kid-friendly” sermon. Even the music selections will reflect our thanksgiving for the love that we share in this blessed intergenerational community.
Please join St. Michael’s on January 28th at 10:00 am for the Family Mass!