Our oldest son preached. He has given several devotional talks and mini sermons for quite a few years - the first when he was 10 or so - but nothing ever this big or this long! We kept asking him how long it would be and he would say, "I hope at least 15 minutes!" You just never know exactly how long you're going to speak when you get to going! I know that from experience in ladies' day events. :) (Oops! Had to work on that!) But Z did a wonderful job delivering a message from God's Word, encouraging us to not have "Blurred Vision". At moments like these, I realize he's grown. He doesn't even seem like an 18 year old, but more like a 20-something year old! It's awkward at times, being a parent to someone so mature, because he seems more mature than I am in some things. (true confession) He's a good example for all of us.
Our middle boys gave the devotional thoughts before the Lord's Supper. He hadn't ever done anything like this before, so it was good for him. He came up with the analysis all on his own, using a real-life example of how we can get into the routine of partaking of the Lord's Supper without giving it the thought we should - about Jesus dying on the cross. I loved how he gave it in all seriousness, but how I could still see his personality within his little talk. It was a great learning opportunity for him. I'm glad he saw that he could do it - that he was capable of doing it. I knew he could. He knows it now, too!
And our youngest led the opening prayer and helped serve the Lord's Supper. He told me before we left for Bible Class that his prayer might be too long because he had really thought about what he was going to say. It wasn't too long and it was great to know and realize that he had thought about what he was going to say in advance. I'm surprised this one hasn't offered to do a devotional, yet. When he was young he would preach whole sermons at home! :)
The boys who helped with the service did a great job, as well. Our nephew led the singing. Others helped serve the Lord's Supper. Others prayed. It's surely a blessing to have young men who are willing and able to serve. Others are in the process of learning. It's a wonderful to give them opportunities to learn to lead.
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.