Bend-A-Knee Weekly Sermon 06/06/2024

     “Summer Vacation” the two greatest words I knew when I was school age; a summer free from school, teachers and homework! As you may have guessed from my comment, I was not a fan of school. I was always intimidated in the world of academia. Seminary for me was a frightening experience, always feeling I was less than adequate as a student surrounded by those who were vastly superior to me in knowledge and their academic prowess.

As a child growing up in the church, I thought it was cruel to even suggest the thought of Vacation Bible School (VBS). Who came up with the idea of torturing kids with more school? Why did we have to be subjected to school over the summer? Actually, there is no general consensus as to when, where or who started the first VBS. The possibilities extend through many decades, from Boston in 1865 after the Civil War to 1877 in Montreal, Canada. Some insist VBS started in 1889 in NYC or in Hopedale, Illinois in 1894…? No matter when, where or who started VBS, it is safe to say it has been around for quite some time. The early VBS programs lasted for many weeks some extending through the entire summer months.

Even though VBS includes the word “school” hopefully for kids with the same distain for academics that I had, it is not a dreaded experience. I am sure some children are excited about attending VBS but for others their parents are the driving force behind their attendance at VBS. Some parents are thrilled for free baby sitting for several hours one week out of the summer. For other parents they feel a sense of duty to introduce their children to some type of religious training. Whatever the reason, we at Clark’s Valley Zion (CVZ) will do our best to share God’s love and teaching during the week of VBS.

As you consider pausing at noon today to Bend-A-Knee in prayer, may you commit to praying for the week of VBS – June 9-13. Dedicated staff have committed their time and talent toward the week. If you are one of those staff members, thank you! Without your dedicated service we would not be able to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with the children that will attend VBS. For those who are not part of the staff, I ask that you do more than just pray a passing prayer for VBS, but that you commit to spending extended time in prayer each and every night of VBS from 6-8:30pm. Your prayer is a vital part of the eternal success of VBS. May you be a prayer warrior boldly entering into God’s Throne Room of Grace on behalf of advancing the Kingdom of God through VBS. I want to thank you in advance for your part in the VBS ministry at CVZ.

Stay connected to God & to others

God’s Peace,

Pastor Mike

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