August 13, 2011

For Youth

Filed under: Children and Families,Cycle of Prayer — by Lisa Meeder Turnbull @ 6:58 pm

Will you be responsible for seeing that the child you present is brought up in the Christian faith and life?

Will you by your prayers and witness help this child to grow into the full stature of Christ?

It all sounds easy enough, with God’s help, as we stand there with our sweet babies in their family-heirloom gowns, mentally reviewing the arrangements for the brunch we’ve been planning for months. Of course we’re going to raise her up right!

But it’s not long before she hits the wiggly stage, then the kicking the back of the pew stage, the I can’t go if they don’t offer child care stage, and sadly, the church is boring stage. We persist, with God’s help, in keeping the church as present as possible in family life. We make it work.

We make it work because we know that one day, through the dedicated ministry of deeply committed, Spirit-gifts leaders, she will find belonging, and will find belief. She will discover both the inner strength and the inner peace of choosing to kneel before her bishop in the rite of Confirmation. She will, with God’s help.

This week in the Anglican cycle of prayer, we lift up the International Anglican Youth Network, “that young people are strengthened and supported in ministry and participation in the church.” In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we lift up the youth and their adult companions who will gather at Camp Bishopswood for Believe It Or Not (BION), a five-day experience for youth to engage in traditional summer camp fun as well as fellowship, worship, and spiritual exploration.

And so as stewards of the next generation, stewards of the future of the church, stewards of the hopes and dreams and prayers of all who would continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers…. Will we do all in our power to support these persons in their life in Christ?

We will. We absolutely will. Amen.


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