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.
Did somebody ever give you a job to do, and then give you all the tools to do it? Maybe you had to wash the windows, and your mother gave you some paper towels and some spray. Or maybe you were making a present, and somebody gave you all the supplies to make it.
Today is the great feast of Pentecost. That’s the day that Jesus’ followers knew they had a job to do. These disciples had to go out into all the world and tell people about our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Their job was to go tell others all the “mighty works of God”—how He healed people, how He died and rose from the dead, how He is coming again!
What a huge job Jesus’ followers had to do! But today, on Pentecost, we know that Jesus Christ gave them the tools to do the job too. Jesus promised that after He left them, He would send them the Holy Spirit, and He did! Today we remember how the Holy Spirit came to the disciples. The Holy Spirit would help them do their huge jobs.
God wants us to follow Him too. God wants us to tell other people about “the mighty works of God” too. And God the Holy Spirit will be with us when we do this huge job too!
SAINTS MARY AND MARTHA: FRIENDS OF JESUS
Have you ever felt like you were doing all the work? Maybe for a school project, or helping out around the house? Did you even complain that nobody was helping?
Today we remember two saints who were friends (along with their brother, Lazarus) of Jesus. We hear a story about them in the Bible. When Jesus came to visit His friends, Martha rushed around to get things ready.
Mary didn’t do any of that work. She sat at Jesus’ feet and listened to Him. Martha got kind of annoyed, and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.” But Jesus answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part.”
These two sisters’ story reminds us that we might have lots of important work to do. Sometimes we might have to rush around like Martha. But let’s take time to sit still like Mary and be with Jesus too. We can do that when we pray and when we read the Bible. Can you remember that?
We celebrate the nameday of Saints Mary and Martha today, Sunday, June 4th.
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