This week the younger ages hear the stories of the Prophets - some of the quirkiest, most daring, and most challenging voices within the Old Testament. They include the major prophets (longest books) and minor prophets (shorter books), and the likes of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Micah and Jonah. I always wonder, who are the prophets today that we think are quirky, too removed from reality, and too difficult to follow because we are more comfortable living the way we already are.
The Venture Club, a little further along in the Bible, will be hearing the story of the Return from Exile. As North America knows, land means a lot, and the reasons are numerous. In their best moment, the people wanted to return to the homeland that symbolized they were just as important to God as the Egyptians, Assyrians, Babylonians and Persians. At it's worst, they wanted to become just like these empires that sought to have more control than anyone else. Do we need control to have peace? What does land mean?
The JYF are considering Samuel's journey of finding the people a king. Again, with Advent coming, what kind of King/president/pastor are we looking for? Do we really need one? How do we make sure we are following God, instead of looking for someone else to follow God for us?
Finally, this is the last Sunday to bring donations for the DenUM's Food for All. Details are in the Weekly about what to buy and donate. The JYF and MYF will be helping to organize and pack food boxes on Sunday afternoon 1-4pm. Details have been emailed to both groups.
May God be with you, and may you have friends and family to celebrate the good things in life.
Events & Evites:
Tory - Pastor of Children and Youth Faith Formation.