Religious Art Show in the Gathering Space during the weekend of February 25-26
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Pastoral Ponderings . . .
Sheri Hanson, Director of Child & Youth Ministry
Seek first the kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33)
Each time we pray the Lord’s Prayer, we ask for the kingdom of God to arrive: Thy kingdom come, thy will be done. In this prayer, we are attempting to align our will with God’s will, just as Jesus asks his disciples to do in today’s Gospel. He tells them to not worry about what they will eat, drink or wear, but to instead focus on what God desires.
Desiring God’s will and understanding what He wills often are two very different things. In my Theological Ethics class, we have been discussing the implications of acknowledging God as our king. If we truly accept God as our master, how should we treat others? What should our priorities be? Many of the children and youth in our parish ask similar questions.
A major goal of our Child and Youth Ministry program is to encourage our children to seek first the kingdom of God. In our classes, we study Scripture and the Church’s teachings so that we can reflect on what it means to follow Christ. At our retreats, we try to provide time and space to hear God’s voice in individual and communal prayer. We also encourage service at home, in the parish, and in our community so that we can witness the Gospel message of love, mercy and justice to others. The hope is that through engaging in these activities, our children and youth will seek God’s will in all areas of their life.
This weekend our children and youth share their understanding of God and His kingdom through their artwork. This artwork allows us a glimpse of which bible stories, saints, symbols and concepts are inspiring our children. Please take a moment to reflect on their artwork and write an encouraging note to one of our young artists. They love hearing from you – and it is a great way to support their faith development.
Read more about what is happening in our parish in this week’s Bulletin.