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Do Unto Others

“…and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple— truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.” Matthew 10:42 

My father was a very smart man. He served over 43 years in the Navy as a paymaster, or in Navy terms, a disbursing clerk. He was a Master Chief, with a lifetime of military service to our country. He was the most intelligent person I have ever met, but even more, he had what can only be called “uncommon sense.” He knew and understood life like few ever do, and his amazing ability to see and comprehend was anything but common. 

Among the many lessons I learned from Daddy was how to work tirelessly, give generously, and live victoriously. He taught my siblings and me how to love America, traveling the country from Canada to Mexico and from sea to shining sea. He was careful to point out the people who lived places very different from our own, and showed us how to love and accept everyone, no matter their station in life. 

He kept a measured routine by his commitment to self-discipline. Daddy left for the base every morning in a sparkling clean starched uniform with impeccably shined shoes, and his cover under his arm. He worked tirelessly for Uncle Sam, giving his best every day. His life of faith was equally disciplined, and he never missed a Sunday in church. He taught us by his example that life is what you make it, and he often told us, “to whom much is given, much is expected. Don’t squander what you have; use it to make the world a better place.” 

Daddy lived by that motto. He gave to anyone who needed it, whether it was a ride, a meal, or a place to stay. Many mornings there was someone sleeping on our sofa because Daddy did want them to be left outside. He came by this trait honestly, growing up on a farm during the Great Depression, where his family shared what they had with others. He believed that no one should ever be left out or left behind. 

During this time of uncertainty due to a health crisis, people are responding in remarkable ways. Daily I hear of those who are sacrificing and giving of themselves and their resources to help others. Our calling as Christians is to share what we have with those who are less fortunate than we are. We are to reach out to others in the name of Jesus Christ, spreading goodwill and grace through our generosity. Let’s all find ways to make the world a better place by helping, serving, giving, and loving in acts both great and small. In this way, we will all make it through together. 

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    For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

    Each Friday you get a taste of what we are doing in in Children's ministry in your daily devotion. We are re-imagining what Children's Sunday School looks like when we are not able to physically gather together.  


    Dear Parents,

    We are continuing to learn all about the Lord's Prayer these first couple weeks of August. It’s going to be fun, creative, and maybe a little messy! Each week, we will focus on a different piece of the Lord’s Prayer and pair it with a recipe. Our prayer is that our children will grow to know the Lord’s Prayer and make memories alongside their family as they learn more about this special prayer Jesus gives us.

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    Recipe: King Cake

    Video Lesson:The Lord's Prayer | Week 6

    Synopsis:

    Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name.
    Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
    Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses,
     as we forgive those who trespass against us.
    Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
    For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

    This week we’ll be learning about the next piece of our Lord’s Prayer puzzle. As we dig a little deeper into what this line of our prayer means, have your children review last week’s lesson and pair the first five pieces of the prayer together!

    When you read this last piece of the Lord’s prayer, what do you think of? Does someone who is “the kingdom, the power, and the glory” sound like someone who is worthy of our praise? Yes! What are some ways that we can praise God? In worship, we use our voices to praise Him. You can also use instruments to create a joyful noise—in Children’s Ministry sometimes this might be the chimes, bucket drums, or a cowbell. What else is a noise that is joyful to God’s ears and brings Him praise?

    When I think of my favorite joyful noise, I think of laughter! God loves to hear our laughter! Have you ever heard of Sarah and Abraham? God made a pretty big promise to Abraham. He told him that his descendants or his family would be as numerous as the stars… that’s a lot of people! The only issue was that Sarah and Abraham were older… like older than your grandparents. One day the Lord appeared to Abraham as three men and told him that by this time next year his wife, Sarah, would have a son. Sarah overheard this conversation and because of her age, she laughed out loud because she knew it was impossible. But God… God delivered! And within the year they had a son and named him Isaac.

    Sometimes, we ask God to do the seemingly impossible in our lives. Those things may seem so big to us and we might laugh at the odds of that happening… but God laughs at how small they seem to Him. Why? Because the world is His kingdom and the power is His and the glory is His, forever.

    If we look at this phrase all together, we can help our children to understand this next part of the Lord’s Prayer to mean something like this:

    God, you are powerful and you deserve praise.

    We pray that this recipe and video are tools to equip you to be your child’s faith leader. If you have any questions, please reach out to us!

    We also hope you will join us after our 11:00 online worship experience for our Children's Message. This week's message can be found on our YouTube channel or on our AFUMC Children's Ministry Instagram account.

    Much love and prayers for each of you,
    Katie Ryan, Jennifer Golden, and Katie Elder

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