No doubt many of you made a point of eclipse-watching. For the littlest folks among us, a near total eclipse visible in Blacksburg was probably a first. Sharing firsts with children is one of the joys of life. That’s one of the reasons why BPC has established a tradition of celebrating faith milestones in our children’s lives.
This coming Sunday will be Milestone Sunday. As in the past, the bulletin will be designed for kids, with rubrics they can understand (”Telling God we’re sorry” instead of “Prayer of Confession”) and pictures indicting times for prayer and song for kids who can’t yet read. Rising First, Third, Sixth and Ninth Graders will be called forward for recognition and given gifts to signify that we, the adults who promised to raise them in faith, delight in watching them grow.
We will also be baptizing tiny Brynn Stewart. Having a baptism on a day for celebrating our children couldn’t be more appropriate. It was not something we set up; the Stewart family schedule determined the date—with a big dose of the Holy Spirit thrown in. It will be a joy to come up with words about baptism for the bulletin that will be easy for the children to understand. A child’s-eye view of baptism will likely teach the rest of us as well. So come to worship on Sunday prepared to see as a child sees, and let your heart listen for the sounds of the kingdom of God.
Scripture Readings: Exodus 1:8-2:10; Psalm 124; Romans 12:1-8; Matthew 16:13-20.