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Green Eggs and Ham, Good for kids and Good For us!

I enjoy reading to my girls.  We talk and giggle. We snuggle and focus together.  Reading opens worlds in the mind and in our lives. A child who loves and confidently reads on grade level by third grade is far more likely to graduate from High School than a child who cannot (ref).  It is really true that reading and learning to read makes so much possible.  

We have an invitation from Carver Elementary to read to our neighborhood children at School and in the classroom.  The program is called Read Across America.  You can sign up to read as little as ½ hour to a class.  I signed up to read Green Eggs and Ham to a first and then a second grade class on Monday Feb. 25th. Would you be willing to help? This year Read Across America runs from Feb. 25 – March 1st.  Contact Lisa McCoy at Carver to sign up.

What if we could find our neighbors throughout the process of fostering a love of reading among children in our community.  Some families do this naturally and some do not. What a great way to celebrate our children and have fun together. Do you have a favorite children’s book that you would love to share.  Dr. Seuss is a great place to look. I remember having Cat in the Hat read to me as a child. What a great gift to share.

About NEA’s Read Across America

The National Education Association is building a nation of readers through its signature program, NEA’s Read Across America. Now in its 20th year, this year-round program focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources.

“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child.”

Sunday’s Sermon, February 10, 2019

…from Worship at Good Sam on February 10, 2019

Lessons: Isaiah 6:1-8 [9-13], Psalm 138, 1 Corinthians 15:1-11, Luke 5:1-11

Sermon: “In Our Hearts We Receive and Turn to Follow”

Prayer: Most holy God, the earth is filled with your glory, and before you angels and saints stand in awe. Enlarge our vision to see your power at work in the world, and by your grace make us heralds of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

The sermon begins after the reading from Luke’s Gospel.

Naming the Children…

They kept streaming in; Micah and Grant, Hannah and Tristan, Elizabeth and Logan…there were 25 of them.  Actually, I could name them all.  I tried to call their names out as they would steam up to join me on the steps, before the altar, near the cross of Jesus.  I love this time.  I love these kids.  They seem like an important part of the life of Jesus among the people who have gathered.  Yes, some of them I baptized – but that wasn’t it.  Yes, two of them were my own children – but that wasn’t it.  Some of them I have had more contact with than others – but that wasn’t it.  What was it?  I think it was that you can see that they know this moment is for them – a place and a time they know is center stage, just for them.  Their energy and enthusiasm says, “This is fun to gather this way, and we wonder what will happen?  Our eyes and hearts and bodies or filled with the energy of it.”

 At this moment in worship, my joy is full and it seems that their joy is taking shape.  At this moment, what is foreign, strange and far off (words and texts and songs for big people) has now stopped and drawn near to them.  The joy of it for me is that I get to be the vessel that holds open that space where Jesus comes to love our children. Often this is a high point in our worship together for me.  Many of you tell me your children can be heard saying words that I say from worship or doing gestures that I use in worship. What fun. Come gather for worship and together we will celebrate with our children the joy of the presence of Jesus among us.

Sunday’s Sermon, February 3, 2019

…from Worship at Good Sam on February 3, 2019

Lessons: Jeremiah 1:4-10, Psalm 71:1-6, 1 Corinthians 13:1-13, Luke 4:21-30

Sermon: “Love Attends to the Beloved”

Prayer: Almighty and ever-living God, increase in us the gifts of faith, hope, and love; and that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command, through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

The sermon begins after the reading from Luke’s Gospel.

The Power of Love. A drawing from one of our young members during the sermon time.