Chloe: Mom, dad?
Mom and dad: Yes, dear?
Chloe: Can I ask you a question?
Mom: Of course, you may.
Chloe: Why did we have all those parades in church today?
Dad (chuckling a little to himself): Well, that’s a good question, Chloe; but those weren’t exactly parades. We call those processions.
Chloe: What’s a procession? It looked like a parade to me.
Mom: Well, it’s kinda like a parade, but better.
Dad: Chloe, you remember when we went to the Rose Parade last week?
Chloe: Yea, that was fun, can we go again?
Mom: We’ll just wait and see. Do you remember who was at the center of attention in the parade?
Chloe: Princesses and roses and horsies and men with shovels.
Mom: Are you just saying that because you know it’s almost always the right answer in Sunday School?
Chloe: No…I saw the pastors and the big kids holding candles and a giant book and they were all following the cross with Jesus on it. Was that a Jesus parade?
Chloe: Daddy says it’s all about football.
Mom (laughing to herself): Yes, that’s part of it. Parades usually celebrate something we do or someone important who has done something special. But processions at church point to what Jesus has done for us. Did you see Jesus on the cross at the Rose Parade?
Chloe: Hmmm, nope. Why would Jesus be there?
Dad: Good question. Of course Jesus is with us always, just like He promised to His disciples. Where does Jesus come to us?
Chloe: At church?
Mom: That’s right; Jesus promised to be there for us, In His Word and the Lord’s Supper and Baptism.
Chloe: So, Jesus comes to us every Sunday?
Mom: Yes, isn’t that good news?
Dad: Say, Chloe, this reminds me of a Bible verse we memorized at Christmass time; let’s see if you remember it. “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us” – John 1:14.
Mom: Do you remember who “the Word” is?
Chloe: It’s Jesus!!
Dad: Right again! Just like Jesus was with His disciples in real life a long time ago, He is with us on Sunday whenever the pastor reads the Bible, when we go to the Lord’s Supper and even on the day you were baptized!
Chloe: Then, why don’t we have a pro…what did you call it again?
Chloe: Yea, why don’t we have one of those every Sunday.
Mom: Well, we certainly could, many churches do. At our church we usually have processions on big church festivals: All Saints’ Day, Christmass, Easter, Reformation – and those are just a few.
Chloe: Wow, we have a lot to celebrate at church; we should have processions more often.
Dad: I agree. What a great way to remind us that Jesus is with us and that His forgiveness won on the cross is the center of attention: Jesus Crucified for you!
Chloe: See, I told you Jesus was the right answer! What’s for lunch? Are we almost home?