Children in Church

To You Who Bring Small Children to Church
There you are sitting in worship or Bible study. Your child, or toddler, is restless. Perhaps they’re even a little boisterous. You try to silence them, and nothing. You try to pacify them with food or toys, and nothing. Eventually, you resort to the last thing you wanted to do: you pick them up, and before a watching audience, you make the march out of the auditorium. All the while, you’re a little embarrassed. Maybe you’re a little frustrated too. You might even think to yourself, “There’s no point in coming to church. I get nothing out of it because I have to constantly care for my kid.”
I want you — you mothers and/or fathers — to know just how encouraging you are to so many; that’s right, encouraging. The little elderly woman who often feels so alone beams with a smile at the sight of you wrestling with your little one. She’s been there before. She knows how hard it can be, but she smiles because to hear that brings back precious memories. To see young parents and their small children actually brightens her day, and she may have just received bad news this week about her health, but seeing the vitality of young ones removes — if but for a moment — her fears.
The older man who always seems to be grouchy notices you too. He’s always talking about how children in this day have no respect or sense of good. But, he sees you — a young family — in church, and you don’t miss any gathering. Like clockwork, he can depend on the sight of you and your young family. You give him hope that maybe the church isn’t doomed after all, because there are still young parents who love God enough to bring their restless children to worship.
Bring your children to church. If you don’t hear crying, the church is dying. As hard as it might be for you as a parent who’s half-asleep, keep on doing what you’re doing. You are an encouragement, and you’re starting off your children’s lives as you should. (Author Unknown)

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When I was only a couple of years old my mother was so embarrassed in church because I was “singing” quite loudly in church, it might have even been the wrong song, and she was trying to get me to be quiet but the folks around us kept telling her, “It’s okay, let him sing. It’s okay, we love it.” A couple people even prophesied “that one is going to be a preacher someday.”

— pastorwardclinton.com

Prayer Based on Psalm 80

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Psalm 80:1-3, 17-19

O Shepherd of Israel, hear us, you who lead Joseph’s flock, shine forth from your throne upon Ephraim, Benjamin, Manasseh.  O Lord, rouse up your might, O Lord, come to our help.

God of hosts, bring us back; let your face shine on us and we shall be saved.  May your hand be on the man you have chosen, the man you have given your strength, and we shall never forsake you again: give us life that we may call upon your name.

God of hosts, bring us back; let your face shine on us and we shall be saved.

Amen, and Amen

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