“Blow a trumpet in Zion, consecrate a fast, proclaim a solemn assembly, gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children and the nursing infants…” (Joel 2:15-16b)
Last Sunday something new and wonderful happened to the kids among us during our worship service. Actually, for several months, our church decided to have the young kids as part of the worship service at least for the first 30 minutes. I think it is almost unbiblical when we separate kids and adults into separate rooms for worship, and I have been a proponent of having kids involved as much as possible with the adults during worship service.
But last Sunday because the worship set ran short, the kids were able to stay around when we had our Communion. At first I didn’t realize it, but soon I realized that these kids were witnessing a Communion service for the first time ever in their life, and some of them were about 10 years old and they’ve never seen it ever!
As we passed the bread around, the kids were looking around with wide-eyed amazement at what was going on. They wanted to take the bread, but their parents explained to them that they had to be baptized. So they asked their parents “What does baptism mean?” Of course their parents says “Shush… I’ll tell you at home!” But the kids couldn’t suppress their curiosities. When we all got our bread and partake it together, the kids turned around and asked their parents “Did it taste good?” I couldn’t help but crack a smile at that!
It was the innocence of childhood… but also the opportunity to go through this spiritual experience with their parents and watching their parents worship God… I gotta say, even if it’s a cliche, that that was simply priceless.