Scripture: Psalm 145
Key verses: (4-7)
4 One generation shall laud your works to another,
and shall declare your mighty acts.
5 On the glorious splendor of your majesty,
and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
6 The might of your awesome deeds shall be proclaimed,
and I will declare your greatness.
7 They shall celebrate the fame of your abundant goodness,
and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.
Reflection: It’s hard for me to choose one favorite part of our Vacation Bible School weeks. I love seeing so many adults and youth invested in sharing faith with the next generation. I adore the brief snippets of faith conversations I overhear as children move around the building. Watching children learn that they belong to God by being part of a church that welcomes and makes space for them is powerful. Seeing them make connections that help them understand stories from the Bible and their daily lives is a sign that faith formation matters. This year, one of my favorite parts was our focus on hands-on mission experiences for every child, every day: the littlest ones collected cans for Loaves & Fishes, the middle ages worked on daily mission projects for ministry partners, and our oldest Mission Kids served out in the city every day.
But in truth, if you had to pin me down, my actual favorite part is always the singing. I know parents might get tired of listening to that VBS CD over and over and over again. But when all of Oxford Hall is rocking with almost 300 people jumping up and down and belting out songs of praise to God, it’s hard not to feel like it’s all worth it! One of the favorite songs this year was “Every Move I Make” but the children called it the “Na Na Song” because it ended with a lot of “na nas” and jumping up and down… May it be our prayer today.
Every move I make, I make in You, You make me move Jesus
Every breath I take, I breathe in You
Every step I take, I take in You, You are my way Jesus
Every breath I take I breathe in You
Waves of mercy, Waves of grace
Everywhere I look I see your face
Your love has captured me
Oh, my God this love
How can it be?
Author: Julie Hester
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].