Like many congregations, over the years the acolytes at Grace typically have been middle-schoolers. But as this congregation has shifted and changed in its demographics, we now see that even adults can light candles. Imagine that. Serving in the chancel can be something that even adults do.
And today one of our grown-up acolytes, Kristie, asked me if she could have her 2+ year old son, Nicholas, walk with her as she performed this service. What a delight it was for all of us to see a mother and son participate in this simple service of lighting the candles and then extinguishing them.
I wonder about what it would look like if we were like Nicholas, eager to serve, following the example of others, and eagerly wanting to do it again!
Blessings to all!