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Pentecost Ponderings: Toddler Edition

 

But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.Mark 10:14-15

Nothing puts the passage of time into perspective like birthdays. Yes, mine is coming up in a week, but in this case, my point of reflection is my son’s. Ian turned 2 years old yesterday. No longer is he “23 months” or “almost 2,” he’s now 2. From here on in, his life is measured in years, mostly. At his age, the half-year mark will become important, but not yet. As far as Ian is concerned, he doesn’t care. Yesterday was his birthday, and we sang happy birthday to him both in the morning, and when we gave him some cake last night. He didn’t really care, to be honest. He wasn’t excited about his birthday any more than he’s excited for life in general at age two.

I’m envious, really. The only things Ian really cares about is getting food when he’s hungry, or that Dad or Mom are nearby in case he wanted help playing with his trains. In the latter case, he comes up to me and says “Daaaaad!” grabs my hand, and physically pulls me to play with him. He gets upset when someone takes away his brand new toy (usually something potentially dangerous for a toddler), and that’s about it. He seems to take life as it comes. Sure, new worries and concerns will come as he gets older, but I have really come to appreciate his roll-with-it-and-live-for-the-moment attitude. Sure, he’s two, but remember that Jesus once said whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it. In observing my two-year old, it’s not about an unquestioning acceptance as many of us were taught: Ian knows what “no” means, mostly, and he’s going to be asking more questions soon. Rather, it’s the unbridled enthusiasm, the energy, and wanting to invite others to be part of the fun.

I think that’s the lesson learned.

This week at St. Matthew’s marks an important transition. As was announced yesterday, Evan Mounce is leaving us to take on a new opportunity. This coming Sunday, August 28th will be his last Sunday with us. Evan’s wife Laura Brandt will be offering her fantastic voice in Sunday’s worship. I am hoping that we can come together to wish him well, and hope that our paths will cross again soon. We are having a special lunch following the service and I would like to invite all of you to join us in wishing Evan well on his new venture.

Yours in Christ,

John

Upcoming Events

  • Saying Goodbye to Evan – August 28th
    • As mentioned, Evan’s last Sunday is this coming Sunday, August 28th. We are holding a special lunch following the service where we can wish Evan well in person.
  • Summer Worship Continues
    • Our summer worship services continue on every week, Sunday mornings at 10:30am. We have a number of events coming up this fall, but in the meantime, enjoy the summer, take time to rest and recharge!
  • Christianity, the First 1000 years.
    • Starting October 17th, this course will explore the first 1000 years of Christianity, from its formation as a sect of Judaism to the circumstances leading up to the infamous Crusades.
  • Congregational Membership Classes
    • If you or someone you know would like to formalize membership with St. Matthew’s, I am hoping to run a membership class in the next few months. If you are interested, please email me, call me at the church, or speak with me directly on Sunday mornings.

Church Office Hours

  • Wendy’s regular office hours are Mondays, 11am-3pm, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Friday from 9am-3pm.
  • My regular office hours are Sunday through Thursdays from 9:00 to 12:30. While I am likely to be in the office in the afternoons Monday through Thursday, I may also be out on pastorals visits or meetings.

 

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