I am grateful to God for my elders.
I was especially grateful for them as represented by the one who got up before the assembly this morning to read some announcements and deliver a shepherd’s prayer. The worship hour was already going long, but after two announcements that were vital for our church family to know, he said (approximate quote):
“From time to time, I get people asking me where scripture authorizes a baby blessing service like the one we’re having tonight. Of course, these people worship in unauthorized church buildings, listen to an unauthorized full-time minister and many other things … but I’d like for us to see exactly what scripture says on the subject.”
Then he read Mark 10:13-16 …
People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them.
When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”
And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.
He concluded, “Let’s be the hands of Jesus in blessing the babies of 2007 together here tonight.”
Then he prayed a shepherd’s prayer.
I said an especially heartfelt “Amen!”