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 five small children: Lydia, Paul, Silas, Philip, and Sarah. Presvytera Alexandra grew up attending Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Asheville, North Carolina with her nine siblings.
Have you ever boasted about something? Did you show off for something great you did, or something cool you have? A goal you made in soccer, a toy you got for Christmas, a score you got on a test, some new clothes you bought?
We’ve all boasted about something. In today’s epistle reading, we find out that Saint Paul boasted too! But when we read the words, we hear how Saint Paul boasted about something we probably haven’t. He didn’t boast about the things that made him look great. He boasted about things that made him look weak!
Saint Paul tells how much he suffered, how he was hurt and in danger. Saint Paul boasted because he knew God was on his side. He knew that he was doing what God wanted him to do.
Saint Paul writes, “I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”
God wants us to be humble, and He doesn’t want us to show off. Usually, boasting is not a good idea! But when Saint Paul boasted, he was showing off about the power of God!
SAINT PHILIP: THE DEACON AND APOSTLE
Do you have a deacon at your church? Do you watch him lead the church in prayer? Does he offer you Holy Communion? Sometimes deacons visit sick people in hospitals and help with other things around the church.
Did you know that the Bible tells us how the Christian Church first started having deacons? We can read about how the Church chose seven men to help the apostles care for the poor. One of these first deacons was Saint Philip, and we celebrate his nameday this week!
Saint Philip served as a deacon in Jerusalem, but then he left to go preach the Good News of Jesus Christ. He preached in Samaria, and a famous magician (who believed in false gods) wanted to be baptized after he heard Philip.
Later on, he preached the Good News to a servant of the queen of Ethiopia. The Bible tells us how the man was traveling in a chariot, and he was reading part of the Bible. He didn’t understand part of it, and Saint Philip ran up and helped him understand about our Lord, Jesus Christ. Then, that man was baptized too!
Saint Philip worked hard to spread the Gospel, and we can thank God for him this week!
We celebrate St. Philip on Thursday, Oct. 11th (Oct. 24th, 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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