[#pictureLent] April 8: PROCLAIM

By Rev. Sarah B. Miller
Tuskawilla UMC
Casselberry, Florida

First, read Psalm 118:25-29

My church celebrates Holy Communion weekly at our Morningsong Service and at each service I ask different worshippers to help serve Communion.

One Sunday I invited John and his daughter, McKenna, to serve communion. McKenna is six and full of life. She skipped up to the table with the worlds biggest smile on her face. I served her communion, telling her that as she ate the bread and tasted the juice that Jesus loves her so much. I then carefully handed her the ceramic chalice. She looked at me with eyes half full of wonder and half full of uncertainty. I knelt down again, "As people come to you, tell them what I told you, Jesus loves you so much."

Our worshippers came forward for Holy Communion and had to bend down a little bit more than usual to dip their bread into the cup. They all returned to their seats with the glory of God upon their faces. Seeing McKenna serve Holy Communion with her father is a memory I will cherish forever.  

At the conclusion of the service, I met McKenna in our church's Family Room, knelt down, and thanked her for serving with her father and me in worship. I opened my arms to her and she ran for me with such joy in her hug that she knocked me to the floor! It suddenly became one of those moments where everything went silent in the Family Room until our shared giggles filled the room to a roar.

"Jesus loves you so much, McKenna."  "I know ... because you tell me."

It is so important to proclaim God's good news to one another. Proclaiming God's good news is a sign of our maturing discipleship, our growing in faith and in love of God. It is equally important for us to hear God's good news proclaimed. When we feel alone or afraid, when we feel lost or ashamed, recalling God's good news proclaimed can comfort and reassure us. We do not have to be a certain age or have certain skills in order to proclaim God's good news. God invites all of us to share, to tell, to proclaim.  

In the week ahead we will celebrate with Jesus, weep with Jesus, and hope for Jesus' resurrection. On some of the days of Holy Week it is easy to proclaim God's good news while on others it is more challenging. Be encouraged to speak God's good news even when it is difficult. They are words that definitely need to be said. They are words that we definitely need to hear. Through proclaiming God's good news others will know ... because we tell them.

Prayer: Holy God, who gives good news, help us to proclaim your good news so that all may know your love and establish their hope in you. In the power of your name, we pray. Amen.

Discussion/Reflection Questions:

1. How do you feel when you hear Gods good news?
2. What good news about God is your favorite to proclaim?
3. Who do you know that could benefit from hearing Gods good news proclaimed today?