As we did last Sunday, we intentionally offer an opportunity every other month for parents to dedicate their babies and children to the Lord. Those moments are especially meaningful for the parents as they publicly acknowledge their awareness that the child they hold in their hands is a gift from God and then accept the awesome responsibility they have been given to “bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4)
However, there is also another reason they present their child before the assembled church. While the primary responsibility falls to a parent to “direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just” (Genesis 18:19), it really is such an immense task that it requires the encouragement and involvement of the entire church family. This is exactly why Pastor Dale always adds a challenge and call to commitment to the church to conclude the time of baby dedication.
While we respond every time with a heartfelt and sincere “Amen!” I am not sure we really know what it looks like to live out the commitment we just made. This Sunday Pastor Dale will draw from the wisdom found in the book of Proverbs to help us understand how to fulfill our commitment to these children and families in a message about “10 Things Every Child Needs from Caring Adults.”
Other than the two verses I quoted above, I am not providing a list of scriptures to read – the Proverbs that will be shared Sunday are probably best understood in the context of their associated sermon principle. Instead, let me quote one of our Avalon Core Values and ask you to consider (and pray about) your involvement or willingness to be involved in helping this Value actually be true about Avalon Church. It should probably be more than just a hearty “Amen!”
- We value Children. The Lord Jesus assigned special significance to children and we honor His love for children by loving His children.
We are aspiring for Strong Families that are equipped and nurtured to pass on the legacy of faith, biblical truth, knowledge and wisdom from generation to generation.
Very Important Note: There will only be ONE worship service at 10:00am on Sunday, June 8. That day we will gather together as one to ordain Dustin, share the Lord’s Supper, and say our goodbyes to the Janney family.
P.S. Foster/Adoption Awareness – May is National Foster Care Awareness Month. To celebrate we are hosting a Q&A session about foster care and adoption on Wednesday, May 21 at 6:00pm. We will have foster parents, adoptive parents, and foster youth who will share their stories and answer any questions you may have.