Those of you who have attended worship this fall have surely noticed an addition to our service –acolytes! Now if these acolytes seem a little younger and a little small-er than you remember them being previously, it is because, well, they are. It has been quite a while since we have had acolytes, but the Art of the Covenant kids have very enthusiasti-cally agreed to help us re-ignite this part of our worship service.
This holds meaning for them and they look forward to it.
Since none of the Covenant kids had ever seen what acolytes do (yes, it has been that long since we have had acolytes), I have been walking with them to make sure that all goes well. For example, we found out on the first Sunday that the candles that are nor-mally on the communion table are too tall, so we have been using a Trinity Candle on a lower stand while the Worship Committee looks for other options to use as well. We want this to be an empowering experience for them.
Having the Covenant kids participate in the liturgy of the worship service has given me the opportunity to talk about worship, the Light of Christ, and the Trinity in class. Ask Fletcher some time what the three wicks in the current candle stand for – he can tell you. And I’m willing to bet that Mason can get two out of three.
Assisting the children to carry Christ?s light has been an awesome privilege. Seeing the smiles on the faces of the congregation at the start of worship as we return to the narthex has also been a privilege. Starting worship with the Light of Christ and joy on our faces is truly remarkable. May we all carry Christ?s Light as enthusiastically as the Covenant kids.