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 three small children: Lydia, Paul, and Silas. Presvytera Alexandra grew up attending Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Asheville, North Carolina with her nine siblings.
Have you ever talked about a big plan you had? Maybe you talked about a trip you’d like to go on, or a fort you’d like to make, or a book you’d like to write. After you talked about it, did you ever have a hard time doing it?
In today’s Gospel reading, we hear the story of the Good Samaritan. You probably heard this great story when you were very little. The reading starts, “A lawyer stood up to test Jesus. Teacher, he said, what must I do to have eternal life?” Jesus asked the man what he read in the Scripture, and the man answered him. That man liked to talk about it.
Then Christ told the story of the Good Samaritan. You remember about the man who was beaten and robbed, and you remember about the Samaritan who took care of him, and who made sure the poor man grew strong and healthy again. You remember how the Samaritan did everything to help him. Then Christ told the lawyer (the one who was trying to test Him). “Go and do likewise.” He told him to act like the Samaritan helper.
Lots of times, it’s easy to talk about our plans. We can even talk about how we can be good and loving Christians! But always remember, talking about it is the easy part. Christ said, “Go and do” what the Samaritan did. That’s the hard part. But it’s the part that really matters!
SAINT MARTIN OF TOURS: THE MERCIFUL
When we read today’s Gospel reading, you might think about how you want to “go and do” what the Samaritan did.
Tomorrow, we celebrate a saint who really did “go and do likewise.” He followed Christ’s command, and he helped his neighbor.
Saint Martin of Tours (France) didn’t really want to be a soldier, but his father was in the army, so he had to too. He just wanted to live a quiet life, following Christ. Saint Martin’s life wasn’t so quiet, but he did follow Christ!
Once, he was on a trip with some other army officers. He saw a poor man, shivering in the cold, and so he gave him his warm cloak. That night he had a dream. Christ was in the dream, and he was wearing the cloak! Saint Martin knew he had done the right thing, so he was baptized as a Christian.
Saint Martin worked in the army, until he felt he could not do it any more. After that, the Church in France needed a bishop, and they chose Martin to be it! Saint Martin wanted to live his quiet life, following Christ, but he didn’t get to. He kept following Christ, of course, but he helped lead the Christians in France. St. Martin is called “the merciful” because he always showed mercy to the poor.
We celebrate St. Martin this Monday, November 12th (Nov. 25th, 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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