I was one of five children growing up in a small town south of Buffalo NY. Growing up in a large family meant that you would often receive “hand me downs” (clothes, shoes, coats, etc.) For me, being the only girl of the five children, hand me downs were exciting. The hand me downs I would receive were from an older neighbors daughter – who had really exciting things to share when she had out grown her clothes. When our neighbor would bring a couple of bags over of hand me downs – it was almost like Christmas. I was so excited to see what my older friend had outgrown that I could now have.
Hand me downs for my four brothers were not as exciting…especially for the youngest one. Hand me downs for them were the same worn clothes they saw walking around on an older brother. They knew what was coming, these hand me downs were not very exciting – sometimes dreaded.
In June we are going to take a look at all types of hand me downs that we might receive throughout our lives. Things we are given, lessons that we are taught, and perhaps traditions we’ve grown up with and what God teaches us about when to value these gifts, and when it is time to embrace something new.
I invite you to worship with us, as we explore together what the words “hand me downs” mean to you. What have you been given throughout the years? What might God be calling you now to give? And when is it time to start something new. ~ Pastor Denise
The “Hand Me Downs” sermon series dates:
June 2 – Esther 9:26-28
June 9 – Ezra 3:10-11
June 16 – Psalm 106:1-12
June 23 – 2 Timothy 1:3-4