Generations are found within families. I have a family tree that I have at different times worked on.
If we take a broader understanding of family, beyond ‘blood’, to be through living togther, the sharing of food and sharing care and nurture
We then have Family of origin – Family of choice – Family of faith
We are a family of faith, from our time spent together to the sharing of food, care & nurture
We do this across our generations, the church always has. Yet here we have an added emphasis as we are an intentional intergenerational church.
When do we bring this into being?
When could we do this?
Can we do it better?
What can you do across the generations?
Genesis 17: 1-7, 15-16 (NRSV)
When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless. And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will make you exceedingly numerous.” Then Abram fell on his face; and God said to him,
“As for me, this is my covenant with you: You shall be the ancestor of a multitude of nations. No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the ancestor of a multitude of nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you.
I will establish my covenant between me and you, and your offspring after you throughout their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you.
God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. I will bless her, and moreover I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall give rise to nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.”
God, you made promises to Abraham and Sarah, and we are living into them still today.
May we hold tight to the name
you have given each of your children, “beloved,” and live into it as heirs to the covenant
made for us before.
May we, as your people now,
honour those who went before
and those who come after. Amen.
-©Seasons of the Spirit