“How many remember singing ‘Wide, wide as the ocean’ at Sunday School?” was a question asked at the morning service last Sunday. Surprisingly, a substantial number put their hands up.
Although not all the hands raised were gnarled and arthritic it was clear that they mostly belonged to the seniors present. A once popular children’s chorus, it celebrates God’s great love for us even though we don’t deserve it. It relates to Psalm 139, unpacked by Josey in a sermon that both challenged and encouraged.
The song also reminded us of the lasting value of learning timeless truths from the bible at an early age. Truths taught to us then by older Christians. We owe them so much for the sacrifices they made to help us in our early Christian life.
How can you do the same for the children in St Andrew’s and the local schools? Ask Josey! Do it before the September term starts. One day someone may be grateful for what you did to help them follow Jesus.
Phillip Herbert & Norman Steven