Presvytera Alexandra Houck created The Children's Word bulletin so children will know they are not only welcome in church, but even more, an essential part of the Church family. She hopes the weekly bulletin will be just one more way we can make kids feel at home in church. Presvytera Alexandra is a graduate of Duke University and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Her husband, Fr. Jason Houck, is a priest at St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church in Minneapolis, MN. Presvytera Alexandra and Fr. Jason have five small children: Lydia, Paul, Silas, Philip, and Sarah. Presvytera Alexandra grew up attending Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Asheville, North Carolina with her nine siblings.
Have you ever wondered how many times we say, “Lord, have mercy!” in the Liturgy? We say it almost 50 times! We say it so many times because we want God to hear us. We want God to forgive us, and keep us with Him even though we don’t always do the right thing! We know that only God has the power to do these things for us.
Today we hear the Gospel reading about the Good Samaritan. You know, the story Jesus told about the man who was robbed and beaten up on a trip. Two holy men walked by, but it was a stranger who took care of him. At the end of the story, Jesus asked, “Which of these three acted as a good neighbor?” And of course the answer was, “The one who showed mercy.”
SAINT PHILIP THE APOSTLE HE BROUGHT OTHERS TO CHRIST!
Have you ever introduced one of your friends to another friend? This week we celebrate the feast day of one of the apostles, Saint Philip. We hear about Saint Philip a few times in the Gospel. The first time we hear about him is when Jesus told Philip,
“Follow me.” Then, Philip told his friend Nathaniel the special Person he had met. So, Philip introduced his friend to his friend, our Lord, Jesus Christ! We celebrate Saint Philip on Saturday, Nov. 14th (Nov. 27th OC).
Welcome to “The Children’s Word,” a weekly ministry of the Orthodox Christian Network. Each week, Presvytera Alexandra Houck writes this little newsletter for young parishioners! You will find age-appropriate articles, stories, and activities in every edition. The newsletter is provided in PDF format so that you can easily download and print it, and share it with your parish, church school, homeschool, family, and friends.
Each issue includes a message on the Sunday Gospel lesson and on one of the saints for the week. You’ll also find a coloring page and other activities. It is designed for a 8.5 x 14 page, so it can be printed and folded.
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