May 15 – Jesus is Baptized

Did you know that baptism, or when you come forward in front of the church and the pastor splashes water on your head, is a symbol, or something that we (the church) can see, that is actually a symbol for something we can’t see? When we are baptized with water, we are letting our community know that we want to be part of that community. But we get baptized because of a feeling we had or our parents had first. And, that feeling is that we know that we want to be loving, sharing, kind people that believe in God and follow Jesus, who taught us to love one another. And, we want our community of faith, Mayflower to be the one that carries us along the Jesus path. I wonder how you show that you are a loving and sharing person. 

May 13 – The Three Wise Men (Ones)

Today, we’ll hear a story that we often hear and learn about after Christmas Day.  Usually, we hear this story and learn about this story on the first Sunday of January, known as Epiphany Sunday.  An easy way to describe Epiphany is Ah-Ha!  During our stay at home time, I’ve had quite a few Ah-Ha moments because I’m learning how to do things that I normally do out in the world differently since I’m spending a lot of time at home.  One Ah-Ha moment I had was when I figured out how to change my background in zoom meetings.  I used a picture from my favorite cartoon, Bob’s Burgers!  I wonder what Ah-Ha moments you’ve had during our Stay at Home time.

May 12 – Jesus Is Born

Today’s story from Tutu’s Children of God Storybook Bible is one we hear during Advent.  And, we hear it most often on Christmas Eve. It’s a great story for all seasons though! The birth of Jesus reminds us of hope, joy, love, peace, and newness. We need to remember hope, joy, love, peace, and newness all the time, especially right now! I wonder what you look forward to when you wake up in the morning. What is bringing you joy? What do you love? I know that being able to write to you in this blog brings me joy. And, I love when I hear from you. In fact, I got a card from one of you the other day in the mail, and it put a GIANT smile on my face. I look forward to writing back to you! Continue to be love for each other!

May 9 – Oh, the Places You'll Go

Can you imagine going places again?!?  Today’s reading is a book that I really love by Dr. Seuss called, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”  I thought about this book a lot as I wrote last Sunday’s meditation (a meditation is a short sermon.  A sermon is when the person talks about one theme from the podium as the front of the church on Sundays.) It is hard to think that we will again be able to leave our homes to go and play, to hug our friends again, to go to school, to go our for ice cream, and so many other things.  I hope this story can help you remember that some day, we’ll be able to do these things again, and so much more!

May 8 – An Angel Appears to Mary

Our prayer today: “Dear God, please help me share in your plan for the world.” If you remember the sermon from last Sunday, YOU are super important is sharing with the world God’s plan!! The things we do that are Hope, Peace, Joy, Love, are probably part of God’s plan. What can you do right now to help in sharing these things? Can you create cool sidewalk chalk art that shares a positive message? Can you make sure to where a face covering when you are out in public for walks and necessary grocery shopping? Can you write letters to people in your life? Can you help around the house to keep our spaces clean during times when we are all inside a lot? There are so many things we can do to be Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love!

May 7 – Jonah and the Big Fish

Thank you for being patient!  I haven’t made a new post in a little bit.  I hope you and your family are well!  Today’s story is about how Jonah gets swallowed by a whale!  Really, the story is about how we should love our enemies because God loves everyone no matter what.  When we love our enemies, it doesn’t mean that if they do something bad makes it right.  Loving our enemies does mean that no matter what we do, we see that each person, no matter, is a child of God.  It’s OK to not agree with how someone acts, and still love them no matter what.

April 29 – Jeremiah the Boy Prophet

Did you know that your life has a purpose? Everyone has a purpose! Deep down, our purpose is really simple. Our purpose is to be love. Whatever you do, try to do it with love. God made us whole to be love on the earth.

April 28 – Isaiah Becomes God's Messenger

In today’s story, we hear about how Isaiah becomes God’s messenger.  God has lots of messengers!  Isaiah is just one example.  You can be a messenger too!  When we are messengers of God, we spread love and hope.  I wonder how you could spread love and joy.  Could you write your senior friend a letter?  This is a time where they might be feeling lonely and receiving a letter from you could fill them with hope and help them feel loved.

April 24 – King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba

Knowledge is important. I bet learning right now is very different when you are at home. Not being at school can be hard because you aren’t with your friends, and you don’t have your teacher right there with you when you need them. Just remember to be easy on yourself. It’s OK if you are struggling with school right now. It’s a hard time to try and do everything really well. Pray that you have health, joy, and that you can take it easy and be OK with learning in this new way for the time being.

April 23 – David and Goliath

Do you know what the word “brave” means? Brave can mean when we do something even though it’s scary, like singing a solo in choir, getting a shot at the doctor’s office, or lots of other things! I think that living life right now takes a lot of bravery. We are all doing a lot of new things that can feel scary, like online school instead of going to school. And, when we are being brave, we can still be scared and have a hard time. Being brave doesn’t mean that you are always happy and confident. It does mean that we do that scary thing though in spite of feeling scared. And usually afterward, we might feel like we did something really good! I pray that you find ways to be/continue to be brave today.