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 tried really hard to be first in line? Have you even pushed people out of the way to get there? Even Jesus’ disciples made that mistake once!
Today’s Gospel reading tells us about two of Jesus’ disciples, who wanted Jesus to give them a special place in his kingdom. They thought Christ was going to be some kind of king on earth, so they wanted to be close to the King!
After all, wouldn’t it be nice to be served, like a king and his helpers? You wouldn’t have to work so much. You could be entertained and fed and you certainly would never have to clean your room! Christ came to serve! Can we serve too?
But Christ told them that even He, Jesus Christ, the King of all, “came not to be served, but to serve” (Mark 10:45).
If even our Lord, Jesus Christ came to serve, we should also try to serve too! That means looking out for other people first. That means thinking of ways you can help people with their needs.
Let’s try to think of ways that we can serve—not be served…at home, at school, and all around us.
EVEN SAINTS CAN MAKE MISTAKES! SAINT MARY OF EGYPT
Did you know that even saints can make mistakes? Today we remember a very special saint who made A LOT of mistakes.
When Saint Mary of Egypt was a young woman, she did not even try to be a good person. She had many, many sins and didn’t even care. But one day, she tried to go into a holy church in Jerusalem, and she felt a force that would not let her go in! She couldn’t see anybody pushing her out, but as hard as she tried, she still could not enter the church.
St. Mary then knew that she had to change her life. She left Jerusalem to live in the desert, where she lived for 48 years! She spent her time there praying and asking God to forgive her. Finally, before she died, she received Holy Communion from a priest who found her in the desert.
Today is the fifth Sunday of Lent, the day we remember Saint Mary. We are coming to the end of the fast, Great Lent. Have you been trying hard to become a better Christian? Well, today, let’s all remember that nobody is perfect. But God still wants us to try to be perfect, like He is! St. Mary of Egypt is a great example of somebody who changed her life so she could follow Christ.
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