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.
How many of Christ’s miracles can you think of? In the Bible, we hear about many of the wonderful things that Christ did—things that nobody else could do, because His power came from God. Can you name some? Feeding the 5,000. Healing the paralyzed man. Raising Lazarus after he had been dead for four days. We can think of many more!
Today is the Sunday of the Blind Man. We hear about a man who had been blind ever since he was born. When Jesus passed by, he spat on the dirt, made clay with it, and put it on the blind man’s eyes. When the man went to wash it off, he could see for the first time in his life!
God helps all of us. He listens to all of our prayers. But He helps us and answers our prayers in different ways. Making mud from spit seemed like a funny way to heal somebody. But God helps solve each of our problems differently. Sometimes he might answer us right on the spot. Sometimes he might help us years afterwards! Lots of times he will help us in a better way than we could ever imagine!
So let’s try to be like the blind man in the Gospel today. We trust God to help us. Then we thank God when He does!
WHY DID CHRIST ASCEND TO HEAVEN?
For 40 days after His resurrection (on Easter), Christ stayed on Earth. He talked with His friends, the disciples. He shared meals with them. He explained lots of things to them, so that His disciples would understand what was going to happen.
Then Christ blessed them, and He went up to Heaven. This is called the Ascension, because Christ ascended—He went up—on this day.
But why did Christ have to leave Earth? Why couldn’t He stay here with us, even until today? Why did He go up to Heaven?
Well, He Himself told us why! In the Bible, in the Gospel of St. John, Jesus told His friends that He was going to go back to God the Father, in Heaven. He tells them, “I go to prepare a place for you.”
That’s why this Thursday, the Ascension, is such a happy day for everybody! It’s the day that we remember how Christ went up to Heaven. He went there so He could get it ready for us!
We celebrate the great feastday of the Ascension on Thursday, June 9th.
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