Fruitland United Methodist Church
January 23, 2022 – 9:00 AM
The lighting of the candles and welcoming the neighborhood to worship.
*Call to Worship
Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
Calling Song: “Jesus Loves the Little Children”
Jesus loves the little children,
All the children of the world.
Red, brown, yellow, black and white,
All are precious in His sight,
Jesus loves the little children of the world.
Responsive Reading From Psalm 19
Leader: The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
People: Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.
Leader: There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.
People: Their voice goes out unto all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.
All: May the words of my mouth and meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.
O God, we give thanks for the children of our church and those of our families. We remember that you have adopted all of us as your children and that Jesus said we must receive your kingdom as little children. Open our eyes to see the blessings children bring and teach us to love them as Jesus does. We pray in his name. Amen
Hymn of Praise: “Tell Me the Stories of Jesus” UMH #277 all vs.
Tell me the stories of Jesus I love to hear;
things I would ask him to tell me if he were here:
scenes by the wayside, tales of the sea,
stories of Jesus, tell them to me.
First let me hear how the children stood round his knee,
and I shall fancy his blessing resting on me;
words full of kindness, deeds full of grace,
all in the lovelight of Jesus' face.
Into the city I'd follow the children's band,
waving a branch of the palm tree high in my hand;
one of his heralds, yes, I would sing
loudest hosannas, "Jesus is King!"
Gospel Reading - Mark 10:13-16
New Testament Reading - 3 John 1-4
Message: “Jesus Loves the Little Children” The Chosen, Season 1, Episode 3
Those words make us want to break into song!
“Red, brown, yellow, black, and white! They are precious in his sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world.”
This Sunday our worship services highlights that powerful relationship Jesus engendered with children.
Yes, there is a special place in Jesus’ heart for children.
Perhaps this comes from the Hebrew Bible’s emphasis on teaching children the laws and stories of their faith. Deuteronomy 6:4-9 points out the importance of “talking” about the commandments. We know that Joseph and Mary took Jesus to Jerusalem every year (a sixty mile journey from Nazareth) for the Feast of the Passover. No doubt they often talked about the trip and the reasons for it. Look up Luke 2:41-52 for some information about one of those trips.
In Mark 9:33-37 and Mark 10:13-15 Jesus offered the example of children as something his followers should emulate. And there in Mark 10:16, Jesus holds little ones in his arms and blesses them. While Nicodemus, Matthew, Simon, Andrew, and Zebedee are dealing with the “adult” things of life, Jesus is making some young friends.
Let’s think about our influence on the lives of young people.
Jesus loves the little children…all the children of the world.
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Commitment Song: “Jesus Loves Me” UMH #191 (all verses)
Jesus loves me, this I know,
for the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to him belong;
they are weak, but he is strong.
Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so.
Jesus loves me he who died
heaven's gate to open wide.
He will wash away my sin,
let his little child come in. [Refrain]
Jesus loves me, this I know,
as he loved so long ago,
taking children on his knee,
saying, "Let them come to me." [Refrain]
May the peace of the Lord Jesus go with you
wherever he may send you.
May he guide you through the wilderness,
protect you through the storm.
May he bring you home rejoicing
at the wonders he has shown you.
May he bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.
Thank you for Worshiping with us today!
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