Today we celebrated together with friends and family the crazy wonderful gift of our son. We figured, 10 months down the line, that we are thankful that he is in our lives. So we wanted to celebrate, rejoice in God’s goodness and pray for him as he grows up in this world. For those interested and for those who couldn’t make it here’s the short service of thanksgiving we held in the midst of lunch today.
Thanksgiving for Sonface
Leader: Our God is a God who delights in celebration, in fine wines and in feasts. Our God is a God who delights in new life, in creating and in pouring out his love on his people. We are here today to celebrate his love in creating Sonface.
Psalm 139 says…
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful,I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts God! How vast is the sum of them!
People were also bringing babies to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 17 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”
God has made Sonface and then given him to Kath and Husbandface, entrusting him to their care. Today we say thank you for Sonface and pray that he would come to know the wonder and joy of being loved by his maker.
ALL: God our creator,
we thank you for the wonder of new life
and for the mystery of human love.
We thank you for all whose support and skill
surround and sustain the beginning of life.
We thank you that we are known to you by name
and loved by you from all eternity.
We thank you for Jesus Christ,
who has opened to us the way of love.
We praise you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Leader: Parents and godparents, the Church receives Sonface with joy.
Today we are trusting God for Sonface’s growth in faith. Will you pray for him to know the never stopping, never giving up, unbreaking, always and forever love of God? Will you pray for him to grow into a wise, kind man who loves God more than anything else? Will you draw him by your example into the community of faith and walk with him in the way of Christ?
Parents and Godparents: With the help of God we will
To everyone else:
Leader: We recognise that it takes a village to raise a child, will you, the friends and family of Husbandface and Kath stand with them as they love Sonface and help them navigate the joys and challenges of caring for and parenting him. Will you do all that you can to help and support this family?
All: With the help of God, we will.
Prayers- Godfamily & Godmum
Kath and Husbandface pray:
God our creator,
we thank you for the gift of Sonface
entrusted to our care.
May we be patient and understanding,
ready to guide and to forgive,
so that through our love
he would come to know your love;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Leader: We pray these verses would true of Sonface all the days of his life:
“Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, Lord. They rejoice in your name all day long; they celebrate your righteousness. For you are their glory and strength”
Sadly sonface’s Godmum, Binface, couldn’t be there due to illness but she did send in excellent prayers, this being one of my favourite lines: “I suppose I feel it’s inevitable that Ethan will be a Christian because his Mum and Dad make it so attractive to follow Jesus, I can’t imagine why he wouldn’t. But just in case Father, I pray that you will guide his heart towards you every day and that he will always be yours. I pray particularly that he will be a Christian who is soaked in grace. Drenched in it.”
We ended today feeling very glad of all those in our life who are helping us take care of our boy, who are praying for him, who love him and will be around in his life for the long haul. Lots came today and lots couldn’t but we are deeply grateful for such a brilliant community around us and our small beautiful son.