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.
If the king invited you, would you go to the wedding for his son? Most people would! A few years ago, the prince in England had a wedding. A million people stood along the streets to watch them pass by. More than 2 billion people watched on TV! They would all go to that wedding!
In today’s Gospel reading, we hear a story that tells us a special message. A king gives a big wedding feast because his son got married. He invited lots of people, but nobody seemed to come to the party. He invited them again, but they gave all kinds of excuses. He begged them to come! Then he invited other people to take their places.
What does this story tell us? Well, the king is God, isn’t He? God invites us to come close to Him. He begs us! But sometimes we think of things that get in the way. We think of excuses. We think of other things we’d rather do. Our Lord is giving us something wonderful—the chance to be close to His Son. But we think of excuses!
God gives us these chances all the time. Can you think of a time you can choose to be close to God? Maybe on Sunday morning?
ARCHANGEL MICHAEL AND THE MIRACLE AT COLOSSAE
In your family, do you celebrate anniversaries? Maybe you celebrate the day your parents got married. Maybe you also celebrate the day you were baptized or another special day. In our Church, we celebrate big events too, and each year we remember the story of what happened on that day.
Many, many years ago, some Christians built a church, and they named it after the Archangel Michael. Under the church, there was a spring with holy water. Lots of times, when sick people drank from the spring, they would be made well again.
The pagans (the people who didn’t believe in our one, true God) didn’t like all this attention. They wanted to destroy that church. They made it so two great rivers would flow right into the church and flood it. But do you know that God and His angels and all of His saints listen to our prayers? Archangel Michael protected the church and made the water flow into a big hole in a rock. The church was saved!
Each year, Christians still celebrate this miracle. We know that God is with us through His angels and saints!
We celebrate this great miracle on, Thurs. Sept. 6th (Sept. 19th, 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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