The Youth of Village Church Know this . . .
In response to a question, Jesus called over a child, whom he stood in the middle of the room, and said, “I’m telling you, once and for all, that unless you return to square one and start over like children, you’re not even going to get a look at the kingdom, let alone get in. Whoever becomes simple and elemental again, like this child, will rank high in God’s kingdom. What’s more, when you receive the childlike on my account, it’s the same as receiving me.”
Village Church, it is clear to see that you receive God into your heart and into our relationships together, because you receive the childlike youth of our faith community so fully and beautifully.
The childlike youth of our church know this in part because they know all about your financial dedication to them. They know that your financial pledges pay for our Youth Program’s weekly supplies and for my coffee/tea dates with them. The childlike youth of Village Church know that you are committed to journeying with them on this Christian path in part because you pay for the lights and heat in our church so they have a safe and holy place to meet. The childlike youth of our church know you see them and value who they are in part because they know your pledges help to cover the cost of our 5 annual Youth Group retreats, as well as our weeklong High School Youth Group Service Trip each April. The youth know you see how important it is that they keep up their energy to help build God’s Kingdom in our church and in our world because they are aware of the financial resources you supply to help pay for the weekly meals they share during youth group every year.
The childlike youth of Village Church know all this because we give thanks for your pledges every week. We give thanks that God’s abundant generosity is manifested through you.
Through you, God’s love and dedication to the youth comes alive.
Thanks be to God, and to you!
Gracious God, we give you thanks that you call us to receive the “childlike” in our own hearts and in our community. When we do, we know that we are also receiving you. May we be inspired by the childlike nature of the Village Church youth, and offer ourselves and our financial resources with joy and delight for the building up of God’s Kingdom in the days and years ahead. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.