Grandparents Day Worship (Sunday after Labor Day)
The Rev. Faith Green
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: Starting this month, United Methodist seminary students--and others--will offer worship ideas for Sunday service and other special celebration. We hope pastors and worship leaders will use these fresh ideas from our seminaries.
Precious Lord we thank you for this day as we celebrate those who have gone before: parents, grandparents and all who prepared the way before us. Help us to remember the lessons that they taught us and help us to avoid the mistakes that they made. Help us to appreciate age and wisdom, just as we do youth.
Call to Worship:
Leader: Children are a heritage from the Lord and a reward from God.
Congregation: Blessed is the one who has them.
L: Good parents leave a legacy of faithfulness, love and truth.
C: Thank you, God for parents and grandparents who care for their children and try to do their best.
ALL: Good parents are more precious than gold and the wisdom of grandparents is worth more than fine jewels. We love, honor and appreciate them. Their contributions to our lives are more valuable than achievement, success and material goods.
* "Faith of Our Fathers" (No. 710, UM Hymnal)
* "O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing" (No. 57)
* When We All Get to Heaven (No. 701)
* Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23 and Psalm 125
* Isaiah 35:4-7a and Psalm 146
* James 2:1-10, (11-13), 14-17
* Mark 7:24-37
* 1 Chronicles 25:10-13 & 20
* Duet. 5:16
* Proverbs 17:6
* Ephesians 6:2
* Colossians 3:20
Suggestions for Children’s Sermon:
Take a ball of yarn and pass it to a child. Ask that child to pass it to another until each child holds a piece. When each person is connected start to talk about the significance of having a connection with others. We have a connection with people that we may not even see. Our grandparents and others have passed along wisdom to us either directly or through others that have touched our lives and for this we are thankful. Grandparents Day is a time in which to express that gratitude and to reflect on those who have touched our lives.
Sermon Theme: (1 Chronicles 25:10-13 &20)
Although David did not build the temple of God, he prepared the way for his son. Without resentment David passed on his plans, hopes and dreams to Solomon, and he made preparations for Solomon’s task to be a success. It is important that we as parents prepare the way for our children to succeed. Rather than resent the lack of opportunity that we may have faced, we are to celebrate the opportunities that our children have been afforded. Furthermore, David worked hard to ensure Solomon’s success. This showed David’s strength of character. On grandparents day we can reflect upon the hardships that our predecessors may have endured or the challenges the faced to afford us the chance to live the lives that we live today.
May we each remember to honor those who have gone before us. We thank God for the promise to bless those who do so. Help us Lord to treasure grandparents who invest their time and resources in our lives and may we reward them with a great return, in Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
--The Rev. Faith Green is a member of the Detroit Annual Conference and is pursuing a master's degree in sacred theology at Yale Divinity School.