2017 Theme

"Moving Forward with Hope: Love and Justice for Every Child."

This year's Children's Sabbath celebration will be Sunday October 22, 2017.

The Light a Candle Prayer Vigil
uses a different focus scripture each week related to the overall theme as we prepare for Children's Sabbath. You may follow along each day with us online as daily reflections are posted. The devotions will begin Monday, September 25, 2017.

Weekly Scriptures
We encourage you to reflect on these scriptures in prayer. Find ways to share them with the children around you, and embrace them as you move into action on behalf of all God's children.

Week of September 25, John 6:9-11, Be an Example of Hope
“There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?” Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all. Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted.

Week of October 2, Hebrews 13:1-2, Be an Example of Justice
Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.

Week of October 9, 1 Thessalonians 1:4-8, Be an Example of Love
For we know, brothers and sisters beloved by God, that he has chosen you, because our message of the gospel came to you not in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of people we proved to be among you for your sake. And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for in spite of persecution you received the word with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place where your faith in God has become known, so that we have no need to speak about it.

Week of October 16, John 21:15, Be an Example for Every Child
When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.”

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*The view represented in these devotions come from a variety of diverse perspectives. We do not seek to agree but seek to welcome all to the conversation and the table.