Psalm 145:4 says: “One generation shall praise Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty acts.” This describes intergenerational ministry – one generation sharing with another — a too rare thing in American church ministry today.
We tend to “cordon off” generations from each other: through age-graded Bible study classes, in separate “senior adult” and “youth” ministries, and through “traditional” and “contemporary” worship services. Thus we actually greatly limit the opportunities for what this verse speaks of: the generations ministering to one another with their testimonies of praise of God. Each has something they can learn from the other: exuberance from the younger generations, and the testimonies of a lifetime walk with the Lord from the older generations, and more besides. Perhaps we should re-examine some of our ministry presumptions, and present more opportunities for doing what this verse says, that “One generation shall praise Your works to another.”