Have you ever built a sand castle? Or a snow fort? Have you built a fort out of sticks? How long did your fort stay up? Did you knock it down? Did somebody else? Today’s epistle reading today reminds us of these forts we might build—forts that don’t last long! We read, “For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city which is to come.” These words remind us that our lives here are temporary. They last maybe 90 years, maybe even a 100 years—in this life.

We know that our life here doesn’t last, but we are waiting for the “city which is to come.” Do you know what that city is? It’s heaven, of course. And heaven lasts forever!

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Let your servant depart: The Presentation of the Lord
Have you ever heard somebody say, “I’ve seen it all!”? Usually it means that person has seen something really surprising, something he’s never seen before. On Wednesday, exactly 40 days after Christmas, we will celebrate a Great Feast. This feast is called the Presentation of the Lord into the Temple. When Jesus was 40 days old, He was carried into the Temple, because that was the Jewish law.


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.


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