Father/Son ministry

IMG00227I thought we had a great morning today at Suncrest.  Had lots of feedback and conversations with people who this message series was designed for.  Tomorrow, I’ll link to the blog to begin the next steps of the journey.

But this morning was not the best part of my day.

For about 4 hours this afternoon, I took my turn in the rotation to deliver communion to some of those at Suncrest who can’t get out for church…a very elderly crowd.  And..the best part…I took Jack with me and we spent a long afternoon doing ministry together (He’s pictured with 90+ year old Mildred Meeks).  He has a way with people – especially older ladies – that comes naturally to him.  He hugs them freely and responds to their interest. 

He said the prayer for communion at each of our stops and by the end of the stops he was preparing the bread and explaining what it symbolizes.

He had patience with one of the ladies suffering the Alzheimer’s who must have asked him how old he was 4 times in 10 minutes.  And on the way out of our last visit at a nursing facility, one of the ladies in the hallway we didn’t know asked him for a hug…and he ended up hugging 8 ladies in a row down the hall making their day.

~ by Greg Lee on September 13, 2009.

5 Responses to “Father/Son ministry”

  1. Hi Greg:

    This post is so very heartwarming. When Eddie and I attended Covenant Presbyterian Church he was an Elder, and delivering communion cards once every six weeks was part of his responsibility. He took turns taking the girls with them, when they were very young also. To this day, they still bring the subject up, and remember it as one of their favorite things they did. It then turned into us baking cookies, and delivering them as a family during certain times of the year. I even remember dressing Sherry up as a bunny at Easter to make our stops. (sorry Sherry) Eventually the kids asked if they could go to the door by themselves!!! It is a wonderful thing you did with Jack. And beyond that, it teaches children NOT to be afraid of the elderly, or those who are not well.

    Linda Barnett 🙂

  2. Greg.

    As I finished reading of your experience in taking home communion to those who could not attend church this Sunday, Jack’s actions brought to my mind Matthew 18. It tells of when the disciples came to Jesus and asked, ” Who is the greatest in the kingdon of heaven?”. “He called a little child and had him stand among them, and said unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdon of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

    So often the little acts of kindness matter the most. Please express my “thank you” to Jack for that reminder.

    Nancy

  3. Greg,

    Thanks for writing about this experience with Jack. It is deeply touching and heartwarming. Wow, similar to what Nancy said, we can learn something from Jack – something big

  4. What a wonderful way to teach Jack what it is to be a Christ follower. I can just imagine how uplifting it must have been for each of those shut-ins you delivered Communion to.

    This life story brought a tear to my eye as I read it & I’m so glad you shared it with us.

    Way to go Dad!!!

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