This Sunday: The Spirituality of Children

Friends,

I hope your week is going well so far! I have to say, it is pretty hard for me to believe that it is already June 19th. Things are going well here at the office this week. A couple things you might like to know about:

Wednesday June 20 6pm – Is our last Soup and Bread for this particular set of book groups. We will be sharing a meal tomorrow evening, wrapping up discussion and thinking about what we’d like to do over the summer. If you want to be a part of that discussion be there at 6pm or let me know your thoughts.

Thursday June 21 6pm – Laundry Love at Riverside Laundry. Laundry Love needs some help! We are very low on quarters (say about $10), so if you’ve been meaning to donate to Laundry Love, or wanting to dig through your couch to find quarters, now is the time! Bring your quarters (or any other form of donation) to the meeting house by Thursday at 4pm if you are able to help out.

Sunday June 24 6:30pm – Convergent Friends Worship with special guest Roena Oesting, from La Jolla Friends Meeting in Southern California, is coming to do a one-woman play about Quaker mother and prison reformer Elizabeth Fry. You really don’t want to miss it! And we will have childcare! More information here.

Preparing for Meeting for Worship

This Sunday, I’d like to continue with some of the themes we covered this past Sunday on Father’s day by discussing this passage from the Gospel of Mark below and “The Spirituality of Children.”

“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.” And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.” (Mark 10:13–16 NRSV)

Queries:

  • What is hard for you to grasp about what Jesus says here?
  • What is easy for you to grasp what Jesus says here?
  • How do you think those around him would have responded when he said this?
  • What do you think he meant by “whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it?”
  • Why do you think children hold such high esteem in Jesus understanding of spirituality?

Blessings,
Wess