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June 7th thru september 13th
8:15 am and 11:00 AM Worship in the Sanctuary
9:40 Christian Education for All Ages!
Junior Church for ages 4 through second grade during the service after children's moment with the pastor
Toddler care available during service
From the Pastor:
The mother of a nine-year-old boy named Mark received a phone call in the middle of the afternoon. It was the teacher from her son's school.
"Mrs. Smith," the teacher began, "something unusual happened today in your son's third grade class. Your son did something that surprised me so much that I thought you should know about it immediately." The mother began to grow worried.
The teacher continued, "Nothing like this has happened in all my years of teaching. This morning I was teaching a lesson on creative writing. And as I always do, I tell the story of the ant and the grasshopper:
"The ant works hard all summer and stores up plenty of food. But the grasshopper plays all summer and does no work. Then winter comes. The grasshopper begins to starve because he has no food. So he begins to beg, 'Please Mr. Ant, you have much food. Please let me eat, too.' Then I said, 'Boys and girls, your job is to write the ending to the story.'"
The teacher continued, "Your son, Mark, raised his hand asking if he could draw a picture? I told him he could, but first he must write the ending to the story."
The mother was a bit puzzled as the teacher continued, "As in all the years past, most of the students said the ant shared his food through the winter, and both the ant and the grasshopper lived. A few children wrote, 'No, Mr. Grasshopper. You should have worked in the summer. Now, I have just enough food for myself.' So the ant lived and the grasshopper died. But your son ended the story in a way different from any other child, ever. He wrote, 'So the ant gave all of his food to the grasshopper; the grasshopper lived through the winter. But the ant died.'"
"But the most unusual part of the exercise" the teacher concluded, "was the picture at the bottom of the page. Mark had drawn three crosses."
The bible tells us that "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)
We are a lot like the grasshopper in the teacher's story. We often live our lives on our own terms, selfishly choosing to satisfy our own short sighted desires. But Jesus chose to sacrifice all He had for us even while we were stuck in our selfish state. He chose to die for our freedom and salvation, not because we are deserving, but because He is loving.
In this selfless act, Jesus gave us a model for how we should live and serve others. We cannot wait for others to meet up with our expectations. We cannot help just those who deserve our love. We must not love only the loveable. We must choose to love and serve the grasshoppers in the world – not because they are deserving but because Jesus gave us a model to live by.