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Marriage and FamilyWorship The church has a long and colorful history of shooting itself in the foot.
Letting families purchase or rent their own private pews—that was plain dumb. We may shake our heads at these blunders, but we can let them pass.
That happens to be the very definition of the church shooting itself in the foot. That happens to be what babies do. Children are not the problem. We are the problem. We who get irritated when babies cry. We who get frustrated when toddlers fuss. We are the problem, not our children. That way we can be adults in worship.
Hear the adult absolution. And all the while, we teach our children, by our example, how utterly useless and unnecessary these things are to their own spiritual formation.
As it turns out, our solution to a non-existent problem has created the monster of another problem: We gather as the people of God so that Jesus can call us all to himself, wash away the filth of our wrongdoing, put in our ears his word of grace, and put in our mouths his body and blood.
We gather to immerse ourselves in the sacred rituals of confession and procession, singing and instruments, standing and kneeling, smelling and tasting. And through these sacred rituals the Spirit shapes our hearts from the earliest age onward.
Eight-month-olds sit beside eighty-year-olds. In an age when families are already fractured beyond comprehension, are we seriously going to separate parents from children in the one service in which God himself is present to unite us to himself and one another?
Around all the rituals and sacraments and sermons and songs and confessions by which we are made one in Jesus, one as his church, one as the family of God.
None of us are too young or too old to receive what Jesus is doing for us in church.
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