Erasmus was born this day in 1466. He once wrote: "Nowadays the rage for possession has got to such a pitch that there is nothing in the realm of nature, whether sacred or profane, out of which profit cannot be squeezed." Imagine, having written that 500 years ago, what he would think of us in the US now. But I digress...
I tried to utilize a few different art forms for our worship, instead of the usual handful of songs.
I had my friend Ashley read "Teaching a Child the Art of Confession" by David Shumate; this set up the confession. BTW Much thanks for Garrison Keillor for good poems among other things; I pulled this from The Writer's Almanac.
We invited the children back into the main room and I read aloud The Pumpkin Patch Parable as a set up to the assurance.
Later, during some extended music, I had Ashley read another poem. We sang In the Presence of A Holy God, then she read this poem by Denise Levertov, called "Suspended", followed by 10,000 Reasons (minus the last verse, obv).
One more thing...
Last year I read a book about a guy named Georges Jacques Danton. Fascinating person, fascinating book. He was also born today, in 1759. He once declared: "After bread, education is the first need of the people." I find that hard to disagree with.