Deuteronomy 15:1-18 OR 19:15-21
Matthew 18:1-14 (15-20) OR Luke 9:46-50; 17:1-42Corinthians 9
OPENING PRAYER [from GREATER ATTENTION: LERW, YEAR D]
O God our Father, you have said through your Son that, unless we change and become like children, we will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Yet you have also promised that, whoever welcomes a child in your name welcomes Christ Jesus your Son, and whoever welcomes Christ welcomes you, who sent him into the world! Therefore, as we invoke your name and invite you into our midst, help us to be childlike and humble before you. And help us further to welcome your children into this place, for Jesus has said that in heaven their angels continually see your face. Truly, they are among the greatest in the kingdom of heaven, and you, the greatest of all, are among them!