Daily Devos: Great Servants

Prayer of the Week:

Dear Jesus, help us to be known as great because of our service to others, this is what we ask of you. Amen

Coloring Page of the Week:


jesus washes feet

Bible Story of the Week:  Mark 10:35-45

James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” And he said to them, “What is it you want me to do for you?” And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” They replied, “We are able.” Then Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.” When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John. So Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them.

But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

Questions for the Week:

Have you ever asked for something and not gotten it? Why do you think that was? Have you ever gotten something that was better than you could even ask for? What great things has Jesus given you? What are some things that you do to serve others? What are some things others do to serve you? Does their service make them “great” in your eyes?

Daily Devos: Who Gets In?

Prayer of the Week:

Dear Jesus, help us to be rich in you, in relationships, and in community, the riches of your kingdom. Amen

Coloring Page of the Week:

Camel and Needle

image by Pastor Patrick Sipes.  Used by permission.

Bible Story of the Week:  Mark 10:24-31

And the disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” They were greatly astounded and said to one another, “Then who can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.” Peter began to say to him, “Look, we have left everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the good news, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this age–houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields with persecutions–and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.”

Questions of the Week:

How much does it take to be rich? How little does it take to be poor? Why is it hard for “rich” people to enter the “kingdom of heaven”? What are some things god has gifted you with that make you rich in the kingdom of heaven? If you were in need, whose house could you take shelter in? If you were hungry who might feed you? Who are some people who feel as close as family?

Jesus Loves Children: Mark 10:13-16

This story came up a few weeks ago in church.  In my mind, it is so important to make sure that Jesus loves them no matter what, that I decided to repeat it with my family.  Let the children come!

Supplies:  God Time pillows, candle and holder (see “Gathering,” below), My First Hands-On Bible or a family Bible with this story, access to the internet,

Gather:  We like to sit in a circle on the floor for God Time.  Finding some pillows or cushions to sit on makes it even more comfortable.  My kids like to use pillow pets for this purpose!  Once you are in a circle, light a candle (or turn on a battery-operated one; we use an LED tea light in a pretty metal container).

Story:  Read Mark 10:13-16 in My First Hands-On Bible, your Bible, or you can check out this version: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark+10%3A13-16&version=ERV

If you have a My First Hands-On Bible, feel free to do the questions and activities described there.

Discuss:  What were the people doing with their children at the beginning of the story?  Did Jesus’ followers like this?  Why or why not?  What did Jesus have to say about this?  Do you feel welcome at church?  Why or why not?  How could you be someone who welcomes others?

 Song:  Jesus Loves the Little Children

This song is an oldie but a goodie, and I like the medley of tunes in this video:

Activity:  Jesus and the Children

I wanted to do something with a paper doll chain of children and a figure of Jesus.

First, learn how to make a paper doll chain here:  http://www.origami-resource-center.com/paper-dolls.html

Here’s what mine looked like (excuse the crumbs in the background!):

Paper Doll Children

Then, I added a free-form Jesus character:

Jesus and Children Paper Doll Chain

Finally, I asked the kids to color them:

Complete Jesus and Children Project

I thought the craft was done, but once again I was surprised by my kids.  They asked for tape, and made them into “Jesus Crowns”!  They wore them until nap time that day.

Jesus Crowns 1     Jesus Crowns 2

Prayer:  (You can do this all together, or as a “repeat after me” prayer, depending on reading ability) Dear Jesus, we thank you that you welcome everyone, especially children.  Help us to welcome everyone in your name.  Amen.