by Rev. Hilary Marchbanks on November 07, 2023
December 05, 2023
"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you."
~ Philippians 4:8-9
On Sunday afternoons, I teach Disciple Bible study with Rev. Andy Smith. Our class gathers over a meal and talks together about the scripture we have read between classes. We have folks in their 20s, recent retirees, and many ages in between. Each generation has distinct memories of how they first learned scripture or received their first Bible. Our prayers are about different phases of life, yet, our respect for each other and intentions for the class are similar. The intergenerational aspect of small group Bible Study at Saint John’s is an experience that inspires, enlightens, and encourages me.
Last Sunday we celebrated All Saints. All were invited to go to the Chapel and share pictures and mementos of those who had passed away. The children’s Sunday school students stopped for a reverent pause in the memory gallery where they slowly and delicately looked at each of the pictures.
Intergenerational worship and study are some of the best parts of church. This Sunday, we will give thanks for faith at all ages. We will hear an update from the Grace Garden preschool and celebrate the ways faith is nourished at Saint John’s during formative years through Children and Family and Youth ministries.
As we look toward Sunday, I wonder about your formative years. I wonder where you attended preschool - if at all - and if a ministry kept you connected to a church family when you were a young adult. I wonder what you remember about confirmation and Sunday school, and I wonder what you wondered about - and whether it's something you still wonder about today. Bring these curiosities with you on Sunday, when we will think on these things.
Grace and peace,