This is the text of Rev. Graham Crawford’s Family Service on 28 June 2015:
Jesus took a little child whom he placed among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, 37 ‘Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.
Let us welcome the children into the church and, in so doing, welcome God into our midst, that together we can worship God.
We sing together CH4 185, Come Children join and sing.
For our family service this morning we are using as our theme Matthew 19 Verse 14.
However, we are using the King James Version: “Suffer little children, and forbid them not to come unto me: for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven.”
Unfortunately, so many of us grew up on the King James Version – and we seemed to stop half way through the verse. And so worship became “suffer little children”. We were brought to church, made to suffer through a service few of us really understood and, as a result, few of us came to Jesus. Look around and you will see that to be true:
- How many teenagers have we in church?
- How many in their twenties, even thirties and forties?
One reason, I believe, is that we do not really explain to young people the meaning of worship, the importance of worship, or the joy of worship.
So, today’s family service is going to be like a traditional service, except every stage will be carefully explained so that we all know the meaning of worship. Then, in my two talking sections, I will try to explain the importance and joy of worship, so that no-one will have to suffer any more sitting there being bored wondering: “Why on earth is Graham doing that?!” [Read more…]