A Family Festival of Thanksgiving

Over 160 people attended our CBC Worship Festival on a rainy evening Saturday, November 17.  Of those in attendance, over 40 were children.  The focus of the evening was “Give Thanks.”

After some opening praise songs led by our combined CBC Worship Team and KidSPACE Worship Leaders, Pastor Doug Lee instructed families to give “sacrifices of thanksgiving” to God by coming forward and symbolically dropping corn kernels into a mason jar, each kernel representing a prayer of thanksgiving to God.

This symbolic tradition started with the Pilgrims in that first harsh winter when food was rationed in small quantities – sometimes as small as a few kernels of corn per person for a daily allotment.  Yet, the Pilgrims gave thanks even for their meager meal for God’s provision.  It was a moving experience to hear the constant “pinging” of the kernels dropping into the jars – each ping representing a prayer of thanks offered to God!

Later, the children had their own worship time in room 104 led by our Kidz Worship Team.

The adults continued with some Body-Life sharing, a deep time of confession, followed by a Garden of Prayer.  The climax came toward the end, when the children returned to take communion with the adults and students.  Brian Smith commented that he was moved the most when he watched parents teaching their kids the meaning of the bread and the cup as Christ’s sacrifice for them, and then taking the elements together.  The time ended with rousing celebration, culminating with a massive line dance to the song, “Deep Cries Out.”

Special thanks go out to Marianne Edmon and her team in both preparing communion and providing childcare for our infants and toddlers!  As well, we thank Cari Keys and her Kidz Worship Team for leading the children in worship.  The next Worship Festival will be a special Ash Wednesday service on February 13.  You won’t want to miss this.  Mark your calendars now for this special all-church event!

-Doug Lee

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