. . . Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” . . . “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” They were greatly astounded and said to one another, “Then who can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.”
From sermon4kids.com: “Heavenly Father, we are thankful that you are the God of the impossible. Without You, it would be impossible for any of us to get to heaven. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.”
Scripture: October 14, 2018—Amos 5:6-7,10-15; Psalm 90:12-17; Hebrews 4:12-16; and Mark 10:17-31.
Collect: Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us, that we may continually be given to good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Reflection: For the prophet Amos, the city gate (Amos 5:10, 12, 15) is a place of judgment: a place to discern and decide between good and evil, justice and injustice, righteousness and sin. Jesus has similar things to say about entrance into the kingdom of God (Mark 10:23–25): a difficult choice is required—letting go of privilege, power, and possessions. What have you left behind to follow Jesus? How would you describe what Bonhoeffer calls “the cost of discipleship”?
Sunday School—9 am on Sunday
Eye Candy: “To annihilate the self-hood of deceit and false forgiveness” by William Blake; “Eye of the needle” by Vladimir Kush; a page of “Eye of the needle” posters.
Brain Food: Short drama about meaning of “eye of the needle”; “Who can be saved” by Sharron R Blezard;
Eye of the Needle
And maybe it would be better if we went away
the same way we came,
not taking anything with us,
feeling like everything was a heavy burden.
The smallest stone, the lightest coin
was like a big log to carry,
knowledge we gained by studying books
turned out to be useless, disturbing
our clear vision.
And maybe you would’t remember what you have left,
maybe you wouldn’t want to remember,
you would want to forget,
squeezing through the eye of the needle
to get there.
~ Peter Balkus 2017
Movies/Videos: “Ice Age” (2002), the squirrel holds on, no matter the cost; “Men of honor” (2002), struggles of African-American in face of prejudice; “The Straight Story” (1999), “. . . slow journey to reconciliation . . .”
Image “Eye of the Needle” by Mike Dawson.
Study guide, group activity; snack—camels like to eat seeds, apples, carrots, oats . . . use your imagination (maybe sun flower seeds, granola oat bars… etc) and let your little “camels” eat some snacks like a camel might enjoy
Video for “Do I have to believe Jesus performed miracles . . .?”, Chapter 23—lesson for Sunday, October 14, 2018. Be thinking about the impossible things in your life. Let’s list them. See you at 9 am in our room in the main building. See you then!