Have you ever wandered from God?

Have you ever been lost?

The Gospel story tells about a young man who wandered off. His family knew he was leaving,  but they let him go anyway. After a while, this young man realized he was lost. He knew he wanted to be with his father. He knew he wanted to be safe and loved. He knew he wanted to be back home

The Gospel story isn’t just about a lost young man. It’s about how we can get lost from our Lord sometimes. We can wander off. We can get lost, and we can know that scary feeling of being away from God. God always wants to find us. He wants us to come back home to Him. He is always ready to take care of us and love us. Let’s always remember this special story of the Prodigal Son. If we ever make the mistake to wander away from God, we know we can be safe when we are back home with Him!

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Saint James was like that. He spent 15 years living out in the wilderness in what is now Syria. Out there, he prayed to God and he grew closer and closer to Him. He was getting to be quite a holy man! But one day he did something really wrong, so wrong that he felt awful about it. He thought about it all the time. He wandered around for years, feeling sad and down. When we think of Saint James, we know that God wants to forgive us too. We have to tell our Lord that we are sorry for what we have done.

We celebrate St. James on Thursday, March 4th (OC: March 17th)


Presvytera Alexandra Houck

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.