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SERMON SUMMARY: What is the role of children in this world and in God’s Kingdom? How are they to be valued? What do they have to contribute? What role do they play in the community of God’s people? Come this Sunday to see in the book of Mark how Jesus relates to children.




All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.

—Pablo Picasso


There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.

—Nelson Mandela



Psalm 127:3-5

3 Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,

   the fruit of the womb a reward.

4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior

   are the children of one’s youth.

5 Blessed is the man

   who fills his quiver with them!

He shall not be put to shame

   when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.


Mark 10:13-16

13 And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. 14 But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 15 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” 16 And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.




Dear Jesus,

It is hard to forgive people

when they hurt us and our friends.

We want to hit back –

and sometimes we do.

But you teach us to love our enemies

no matter what they do.

Forgive us, Lord Jesus,

when we do not forgive others.

Help us to understand why people hurt others,

and fill our hearts with love for them.




Oh, Great is our God! So we should worship greatly!
No song is too loud! No orchestra too stately
To hail the majesty of our King
So lift your voices loud as we sing

Oh! Great is our God! So let our songs be endless!
So awesome His ways, how could we comprehend them?
So we will make it known to our kids
And we will sing about the gracious gifts you give

We will sing your praise and pour forth your fame
We will bless your name
Let every one give thanks, because our God is great!

Oh! Great is our God! And we cannot contain it!
We sing from our souls, affected by His greatness
His mercy covers all that Heʼs made
Showing His glory and His grace