Tell the Story of God’s Love

Sermon Synopsis for Sunday, September 20, 2015

Today is a special day at St. Paul’s as we celebrate the educational ministry of the congregation and kick off new ministry activity opportunities from now through May of 2016. We base our celebration today on Psalm 78:1-7 which basically talks about how important it is to keep telling the story of God and his involvement with the human family from the beginning of time until now. The Psalmist reminds us how our task of telling the story of God’s love to this generation who will in turn pass it on to the next generation is one our greatest opportunities and responsibilities as people of faith.

In order for this to occur, we need to take every opportunity to tell each other the story so that we all can talk about it intergeneraltionally. So many times adults think that the story of God’s love for the world only needs to be told to children but the truth is that we must continue to tell it to all ages. That is the reason we provide study and sharing opportunities for all generations at St. Paul’s.

Getting together at worship and having specific study courses gives adults and children the opportunity to talk about how God has been and is involved in their lives. This helps all of us grow in faith and grace and we are able to practice the precepts from God’s commandment to Love God and Love our neighbors as ourselves.

It is true that Christian education opportunities often lack in our congregations and communities. Since World War II, less and less people attend church or avail themselves of Christian education opportunities and therefore congregations have difficulty keeping education opportunities vital and alive. At one point when we created Sunday Schools, we did so to supplement what the parents were teaching at home and particularly provide educational opportunities for orphans. What has actually happened is that parents stopped teaching their children and left it up to the church to teach their children. And because of a seven day work week, many families are split on Sunday mornings, the traditional time for Christian Education and Sunday School is in decline and almost non-existent.
The challenge for the church today in educating all ages of persons about Christian truths and principles. When should it be taught? And Where should it be taught?

Over programmed parents and children all lose out because Christian education is deemed as just another thing to do in an already hectic life. And therefore it is phasing out and this generation may be the last to be taught.
Who will teach the next generation?