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Mark 10:2-16

. . . People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.” . . .

From “They [the disciples] thought that the little children were a bother to Jesus, when instead, Jesus wanted everyone to be me more like the little children. Jesus loves everyone—especially little children!”

Scripture: October 7, 2018—Genesis 2:18–24; Hebrews 1:1–4; 2:5–12; Psalm 8; and Mark 10:2–16.

Collect: Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Reflection: We were created to live in relationship—with neighbors, friends, loved ones, and above all with God. Think about the relationships in your life. Where do you find help and partnership (Gen. 2:18)? Where do you feel the strain of separation (Mark 10:9)? Who do you allow to get close to
you, and who do you turn away (Mark 10:13–16)? In what ways do those relationships reflect your relationship with God?

Sunday School—9 am on Sunday

Eye Candy: “Christ blessing the children” by Lucas Cranach the elder; “Let the little children come unto me” by James Tissot; “Suffer the little children“,  stained glass window, St. Johns Episcopal Church, Somerville.

Ear Worm: “Jesus loves the little children“, sung by children; “Now thank we all our god” by Mormon Tabernacle Choir; “I’m blessed“, gospel sung by a teen

Brain Food: “On divorce and all us little children” by Janet Hunt; “Let the little ones come unto me“, sermon by Bishop William Willimon;

They brought their children
Haiku of blessing

They came to test him,
the Pharisees, loving law;
What about divorce?

For your heart’s hardness,
Moses permitted divorce.
Human brokenness.

Two becoming one:
a generous unity
and image of love

They brought their children
to be embraced by Jesus,
seeking his blessing.

The twelve gatekeepers,
also known as disciples,
spoke sternly to them.

Let them come to me,
said Jesus indignantly,
and do not stop them.

To children like these
the kingdom of God belongs;
enter like a child.

He took the children
into his arms, blessing them,
declaring God’s love.

© Ken Rookes 2018

Movies/Videos: “Sophie’s choice” (1982),  review by Roger Ebert; “Patch Adams” (1998), “the best medicine is love, laughter, and play”; “Rain Man” (1988), “. . . about an autistic savant . . .”


Study guide, group activity; snack



: young elementary: activity; bulletin games; crafts;
older elementary: activity; bulletin games; crafts.




Video for “If Jesus was God, why did he have to die?”—lesson for Sunday, October 7, 2018. Be thinking about Jesus’ purpose for being human and the difference between a human and a god. We will share these stories. See you at 9 am in our room in the main building. See you then!

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