A tribute to a capable woman.
Psalm 1 (VU p. 724)
Blessed are those who follow Gods law.
James 3:134:3, 78a
Wisdom from above is gentle and peaceable.
Whoever welcomes a child, welcomes me.
Focus on welcoming people. From the moment people arrive, welcome them in a variety of ways, not just with a handshake, but also with other kinds of assistance, such as offering to hang a coat or fetch a glass of water. Invite the children to write a call to worship that welcomes people in the way Jesus would want people welcomed.
Theme Engagement Question
What does it mean to be a welcoming church? Does our understanding of what it means to be welcoming actually provide the welcome that Jesus would expect from us? Why or why not?
You may wish to invite an older child or youth to start by reading the scripture and then ask, Arent we excited Jesus is talking about us! We are the centre of attention! Jesus tells the adults that to welcome him they should start by welcoming the children and by watching how children welcome him. Why do you think Jesus said this? How would you welcome Jesus? What would you like the adults of this congregation to learn from you about welcoming people? What would help you feel more welcome in this church?
Have we domesticated the Bible and made it safe? Todays gospel passage is one of those that make us feel warm and fuzzy as we think of the imagery of Jesus asking us to welcome him as we would welcome a child. But what does he mean by this? What was the place of a child in the world and time of Jesus? And when we look at the whole passage, we see Jesus having to respond to a turf war amongst his followers over who is the greatest. Jesus has to explain by example what it means to embrace the path of following him. Why did he use a child to reveal the teaching Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all? What is the difference between being childish (like the disciples) and childlike (the characteristic that Jesus is emphasizing)? How do we honour children in the midst of our congregations? How do we welcome and learn from them?
VU 590 A prophet-woman broke a jar
MV 136 When hands reach out and fingers trace
VU 272 Open your ears, O faithful people
MV 140 As long as we follow
VU 405 New every morning
MV 10 Come and seek the ways of Wisdom
VU 395 Come in, come in and sit down
VU 601 The church of Christ in every age
MV 133 Jesus laughed out loud
MV 186 Because Jesus felt