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 worked on something that you thought was really good, but then it turned out it wasn’t? Maybe you turned in something at school that you were proud of, but you still got a bad grade?
Sometimes we might think we’re doing really well, but maybe we aren’t! Sometimes we forget to really read the assignment, or sometimes we get confused about it!
In today’s Gospel reading, we hear a story about a rich man who had everything. He had lots of food, lots of money, lots of space to keep his stuff. He thought everything was going well. Everything was going his way!
But then that night, God told the man he was not doing the right thing! He had been taking care of himself and not caring for other people. This man thought he was doing everything right, but he was doing everything wrong!
Let’s always think about what God wants from us! Let’s think carefully about the assignment He has given us, like we do with our school assignments too. And what’s that assignment? God asks us to love God and love our neighbor. When we do that assignment, we will always be right with God!
ST. PHILARET OF MOSCOW: “HE SPEAKS LIKE AN ANGEL”
Do you listen to your priest when he gives a sermon? You might hear him talk about the Gospel reading for the day, or give some advice about how we can live as good Christians.
This week we celebrate a saint who was really one of the best preachers. When Philaret was a young man, the bishop said about him, “I give sermons like a man, but he speaks like an angel!” Isn’t that a great compliment!
Later on, Saint Philaret became the bishop (the metropolitan) of Moscow, Russia. He was so smart, but he talked to people so that they could understand. When he was bishop, he made the schools better so that the young men could learn how to be better priests.
Saint Philaret was a man in charge, but he was also a holy man too. He knew how important it is to pray and to try to grow closer and closer to God. In fact, he wrote a very special prayer you can learn to say every morning. With this prayer, we ask for what God wants, not what we might want. That’s because God knows us and loves us more than we even know and love ourselves!
Ask your parents if they can help you find this prayer, and maybe you can try to learn it.
We celebrate St. Philaret this Monday, November 19th (Dec. 2nd, 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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