Sunday, June 28th

9:30 AM – MULTIGENERATIONAL & ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL

11:00 AM – WORSHIP

FELLOWSHIP TIME: after the service

Sunday, June 28th Multigenerational Sunday School will meet in the cafeteria and Adult Sunday School will meet at the Sacks` from 9:30-10:30AM.

During the 11 AM worship, Pastor Teresa will bring the sermon “daughter and daughter, son and son” from Mark 5:21-43. Following our worship will be a Fellowship time. There will be a table set up selling goods produced or sponsored by Asian Rural Institute, http://www.ari-edu.org/en/about-us/ one of the ministries our outreach supports. This is a chance to stock up on delicious fair trade coffee from the Philippines.

This will be the last Sunday of our 2014-15 church year. We look forward to worshipping with you from Sunday, September 6th with Pastor Teresa preaching and Singing Communion. If you have needs during the summer, please contact Pastor Teresa at wtucrev@gmail.com

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Gospel Reflection (based on Mark 5:21-43)

“She had heard about Jesus,

so she came up behind him through the crowd

and touched the fringe of his robe.”  Matthew 5:27

They risked it all to come to him:

Jairus,

risked his pride,

kneeling to a carpenter,

begging for his daughter’s life,

The woman with the blood risked

shame and disgrace

heaped upon her

by the crowd.

O Christ,

we are just like Jairus.

And we bleed like the woman.

We want to touch you

with the faith

you give

us.

Heal us.

written by Anne Osdieck, http://liturgy.slu.edu/

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CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CORNER (we value your prayers & involvement in this vital ministry)  Any questions, please contact Pastor Teresa at wtucrev@gmail.com

Little Kids: All are welcome to stay in the service and enjoy books and coloring materials.

MULTIGENERATIONAL and ADULT Sunday School – 9:30 am Sunday, June 28th.

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We are looking for someone desiring to serve WTUC next year (2015-6) posting to the website and sending out the emailing – if you are interested, please talk with    Pastor Teresa, wtucrev@gmail.com

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Upcoming Preaching Ministry and Community Events

June 28th   MULTIGENERATIONAL and ADULT Sunday School, Pastor Teresa preaching. This will be the last Sunday of the 2014-5 church year. Next service will be Sunday, September 6th, a list of local churches to visit is on the back table.

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MULTIGENERATIONAL SUNDAY SCHOOL!! ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL!! We have Multigenerational Sunday School from 9:30 in the cafeteria the second and fourth Sundays of the month. Who is welcome? All ages. We will be creating, discussing, playing games,  acting out bible stories and more. At the same time, the Sacks host the Adult Sunday School, also at 9:30 am in their living room. The method used is the, “Swedish Bible study method,” interacting with the texts for the service through our own life experiences. Their home is right across the Lutheran Campus from our sanctuary.  Best coffee in town = ) Come and enjoy! (At times Adult Sunday School is held in the Upper Room, on the 2nd floor above the Sanctuary.) All are welcome. Need more information, contact wtucrev@gmail.com any time = ) Sunday School schedule:  6/28.

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WTUC  Announcements:

  *Questions or concerns?  Feel free to email wtucrev@gmail.com anytime.

  *Please enjoy and refer our website https://wtuc.net/ and FB page (West Tokyo Union Church) to others.  Please make any suggestions for additions to the Pastor Teresa and/or Steering Committee. If you’d like to be added to the WTUC church email list, please contact Gene Witt ewitt@asij.ac.jp

  *If interested in joining the WTUC Prayer Chain, let Pastor Teresa or Prayer Chain Coordinator, Kayo Ozawa, know of your interest. Please submit prayers to wtucrev@gmail.com or Kayo Ozawa.

  *Sign up for snacks for fellowship time with Ann or Jill. We appreciate your contributions to our community life!

*Interested in baptism or membership, please contact Pastor Teresa.

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Sermon text –

Mark 5:21-43 21When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered around him; and he was by the sea. 22Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet 23and begged him repeatedly, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live.” 24So he went with him. And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him. 25Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years. 26She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. 27She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28for she said,“If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.” 29Immediately her hemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 30Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?” 31And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, ‘Who touched me?’” 32He looked all around to see who had done it. 33But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. 34He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.” 35While he was still speaking, some people came from the leader’s house to say, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any further?” 36But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” 37He allowed no one to follow him except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James. 38When they came to the house of the leader of the synagogue, he saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. 39When he had entered, he said to them, “Why do you make a commotion and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping.” 40And they laughed at him. Then he put them all outside, and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him, and went in where the child was. 41He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha cum,” which means, “Little girl, get up!” 42And immediately the girl got up and began to walk about (she was twelve years of age). At this they were overcome with amazement. 43He strictly ordered them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.

Sunday, June 21st

11:00 AM – WORSHIP

FELLOWSHIP TIME: after the service

Sunday, June 21st    During the 11 AM worship, Rev. Dr. Jim Sack will bring the sermon “Wake up Jesus” from Mark 4:35-41. We will also have a blessing for Father`s/Caregiver`s during the service. Communion will be served. Following our worship will be a Fellowship time. There will be a table set up selling goods produced or sponsored by Asian Rural Institute, http://www.ari-edu.org/en/about-us/ one of the ministries our outreach supports. This is a chance to stock up on delicious fair trade coffee from the Philippines.

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About the preacher – Jim and Carol Sack have been long term missionaries in Japan with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Japan since 1982. Jim teaches clinical psychology classes in the undergraduate and graduate school as well as pastoral counseling classes in the seminary. Carol is director of “Lyra Precaria,” a ministry that provides harp music and voice at the bedside of the dying. 

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We are looking for someone desiring to serve WTUC next year (2015-6) posting to the website and sending out the emailing – if you are interested, please talk with Pastor Teresa, wtucrev@gmail.com

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Upcoming Preaching Ministry and Community Events

June 21st     Rev. Dr. Jim Sack, Professor at the Lutheran College and Seminary preaching, Father`s/Caregiver`s Blessing time, Communion will be served.

June 28th      MULTIGENERATIONAL and ADULT Sunday School, Pastor Teresa preaching. This will be the last Sunday of the 2014-5 church year. Next service will be Sunday, September 6th, a list of local churches to visit is on the back table.

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CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CORNER (we value your prayers & involvement in this vital ministry)  Any questions, please contact Pastor Teresa at wtucrev@gmail.com

Little Kids: All are welcome to stay in the service and enjoy books and coloring materials.

MULTIGENERATIONAL and ADULT Sunday School – 9:30 am Sunday, June 28th.

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MULTIGENERATIONAL SUNDAY SCHOOL!! ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL!! We have Multigenerational Sunday School from 9:30 in the cafeteria the second and fourth Sundays of the month. Who is welcome? All ages. We will be creating, discussing, Multi-generational-worshipplaying games, acting out bible stories and more. At the same time, the Sacks host the Adult Sunday School, also at 9:30 am in their living room. The method used is the, “Swedish Bible study method,” interacting with the texts for the service through our own life experiences. Their home is right across the Lutheran Campus from our sanctuary. Best coffee in town = ) Come and enjoy! (At times Adult Sunday School is held in the Upper Room, on the 2nd floor above the Sanctuary.) All are welcome. Need more information, contact wtucrev@gmail.com any time = ) Sunday School schedule: 6/28.

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WTUC Announcements:

*Questions or concerns? Feel free to email wtucrev@gmail.com anytime.

*Please enjoy and refer our website https://wtuc.net/ and FB page (West Tokyo Union Church) to others. Please make any suggestions for additions to the Pastor Teresa and/or Steering Committee. If you’d like to be added to the WTUC church email list, please contact Gene Witt ewitt@asij.ac.jp

*If interested in joining the WTUC Prayer Chain, let Pastor Teresa or Prayer Chain Coordinator, Kayo Ozawa, know of your interest. Please submit prayers to wtucrev@gmail.com or Kayo Ozawa.

*Sign up for snacks for fellowship time with Ann or Jill. We appreciate your contributions to our community life!

*Interested in baptism or membership, please contact Pastor Teresa.

***

Sermon text – Mark 4:35-41

On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”

 

Liturgical Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, those he redeemed from trouble and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.

Some went down to the sea in ships, doing business on the mighty waters; they saw the deeds of the Lord, his wondrous works in the deep. For he commanded and raised the stormy wind, which lifted up the waves of the sea. They mounted up to heaven, they went down to the depths; their courage melted away in their calamity; they reeled and staggered like drunkards, and were at their wits’ end. Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out from their distress; he made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed. Then they were glad because they had quiet, and he brought them to their desired haven. Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to humankind. Let them extol him in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders.

Sunday, June 14th

9:30 AM – MULTIGENERATIONAL and ADULT Sunday School

11:00 AM – WORSHIP

FELLOWSHIP TIME: after the service

Sunday, June 14th – Multigenerational Sunday School will meet in the cafeteria from 9:30-10:30AM. Adult Sunday School will meet in the “Upper Room” (a classroom above the sanctuary) at this same time.

         During the 11 AM worship, Rev. Christian Zebley will bring the sermon God’s Sovereign Fix-It Plan, from Romans 8:18-25. The Gospel reading will be from Mark 4:26-34. Following our worship will be a Fellowship time. There will be a table set up selling goods produced or sponsored by Asian Rural Institute, http://www.ari-edu.org/en/about-us/ one of the ministries our outreach supports. This is a chance to stock up on delicious fair trade coffee from the Philippines.

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About the preacher – Christian is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.  Beginning in 1998, Christian and Kay served almost nine years in Japan as missionaries of the Presbyterian Church USA, building a national network of youth ministry leaders within the Nihon Kirisuto Kyodan, the UCCJ.  Anna and Emma Zebley were both born in Japan during this time. In 2006, the Zebleys were then called to Los Angeles, CA where they ministered to Christians in the entertainment industry. Christian served as the National Coordinator of Multicultural Alpha for The Alpha Course USA while based at the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood. In 2011, God led them to Montreat, North Carolina where they studied and partnered with Presbyterian Reformed Ministries International (www.prmi.org) to form Global Leadership Dynamics (www.globalleading.org). GLD ministers to leaders of diverse backgrounds, creates unity in the Body of Christ and forges strategic partnerships between organizations for global Kingdom impact. Since 2011, Christian has led GLD events in India, South Sudan, Japan and throughout the United States. He is a graduate of Swarthmore College BA, Princeton Theological Seminary MDiv, and currently working on a Doctor of Ministry in Leadership Studies at Denver Seminary. Kay is a graduate of Wellesley College with a degree in International Relations. She has also studied spiritual direction at San Francisco Theological Seminary. She is now a full-time educator leading the Zebley family home-school.

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We are looking for someone desiring to serve WTUC next year (2015-6) posting to the website and sending out the emailing – if you are interested, please talk with   Pastor Teresa, wtucrev@gmail.com

***

Upcoming Preaching Ministry and Community Events

June 14th      MULTIGENERATIONAL and ADULT Sunday School (Adult Sunday School will be held in the Upper Room, Rev. Christian Zebley preaching.

June 21st     Rev. Dr. Jim Sack, Professor at the Lutheran College and Seminary preaching, Father`s/Caregiver`s Blessing time, Communion will be served.

June 28th      MULTIGENERATIONAL and ADULT Sunday School, Pastor Teresa preaching. This will be the last Sunday of the 2014-5 church year. Next service will be Sunday, September 6th, a list of local churches to visit is on the back table.

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CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CORNER (we value your prayers & involvement in this vital ministry)  Any questions, please contact Pastor Teresa at wtucrev@gmail.com

Little Kids: All are welcome to stay in the service and enjoy books and coloring materials.

MULTIGENERATIONAL and ADULT Sunday School – 9:30 am Sunday, June 14th and June 28th.

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MULTIGENERATIONAL SUNDAY SCHOOL!! ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL!! We have Multigenerational Sunday School from 9:30 in the cafeteria the second and fourth Sundays of the month. Who is welcome? All ages. We will be creating, discussing, Multi-generational-worshipplaying games, acting out bible stories and more. At the same time, the Sacks host the Adult Sunday School, also at 9:30 am in their living room. The method used is the, “Swedish Bible study method,” interacting with the texts for the service through our own life experiences. Their home is right across the Lutheran Campus from our sanctuary. Best coffee in town = ) Come and enjoy! (At times Adult Sunday School is held in the Upper Room, on the 2nd floor above the Sanctuary.) All are welcome. Need more information, contact wtucrev@gmail.com any time = ) Sunday School schedule: 6/14 and 6/28.

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WTUC Announcements:

*Questions or concerns? Feel free to email wtucrev@gmail.com anytime.

*Please enjoy and refer our website https://wtuc.net/ and FB page (West Tokyo Union Church) to others. Please make any suggestions for additions to the Pastor Teresa and/or Steering Committee. If you’d like to be added to the WTUC church email list, please contact Gene Witt ewitt@asij.ac.jp

*If interested in joining the WTUC Prayer Chain, let Pastor Teresa or Prayer Chain Coordinator, Kayo Ozawa, know of your interest. Please submit prayers to wtucrev@gmail.com or Kayo Ozawa.

*Sign up for snacks for fellowship time with Ann or Jill. We appreciate your contributions to our community life!

*Interested in baptism or membership, please contact Pastor Teresa.

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Sermon text – Romans 8:18-25

18 I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; 20 for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; 23 and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in[a] hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes[b] for what is seen? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

Supporting text used in the liturgy – Psalm 20 Prayer for Victory To the leader. A Psalm of David.

1 The Lord answer you in the day of trouble!

The name of the God of Jacob protect you!

2 May he send you help from the sanctuary,

and give you support from Zion.

3 May he remember all your offerings,

and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices.Selah

4 May he grant you your heart’s desire,

and fulfill all your plans.

5 May we shout for joy over your victory,

and in the name of our God set up our banners.

May the Lord fulfill all your petitions.

6 Now I know that the Lord will help his anointed;

he will answer him from his holy heaven

with mighty victories by his right hand.

7 Some take pride in chariots, and some in horses,

but our pride is in the name of the Lord our God.

8 They will collapse and fall,

but we shall rise and stand upright.

9 Give victory to the king, O Lord;

answer us when we call.

Gospel reading for this Sunday – Mark 4:26-34

26He also said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, 27and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. 28The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. 29But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.”

30He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? 31It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; 32yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”

33With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; 34he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.

Sunday, June 7th

11:00 AM – YOUTH WORSHIP

FELLOWSHIP TIME: after the service

after fellowship time: STEERING COMMITTEE

Sunday, June 7th – During the 11 AM worship, we will have the ES/MS Youth Sunday with music, Scripture, Reader`s Theatre, liturgy and homily on the theme of God`s Steadfast Love, from Psalm 138 – all provided by our wonderful youth and friends. The Gospel reading will be from Luke 18. Communion will be served. We will also have a time of blessing and thank yous to our SS teachers and Youth Group leaders. Following our delicious refreshments during the Fellowship time, will be the last Steering Committee of our 2014-5 church year.

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We are looking for someone desiring to serve WTUC next year (2015-6) posting to the website and sending out the emailing – if you are interested, please talk with Pastor Teresa, wtucrev@gmail.com

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Upcoming Preaching Ministry and Community Events

June 7th        ES Youth Sunday, SS Teacher thank yous, Communion will be served. Steering Committee meeting after Fellowship time.

June 14th      MULTIGENERATIONAL and ADULT Sunday School (Adult Sunday School will be held in the Upper Room, Rev. Christian Zebley preaching.

June 21st     Rev. Dr. Jim Sack, Professor at the Lutheran College and Seminary preaching, Communion will be served.

June 28th      MULTIGENERATIONAL and ADULT Sunday School, Pastor Teresa preaching. This will be the last Sunday of the 2014-5 church year. Next service will be Sunday, September 6th, a list of local churches to visit is on the back table.

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CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CORNER (we value your prayers & involvement in this vital ministry)  Any questions, please contact Pastor Teresa at wtucrev@gmail.com, or Julie Rogers for HS; Amy Harbaugh and Steve Bennett for Upper ES and Lower MS, grades 4-7; and Carrie Bennett for Lower ES, grades K-3.

Little Kids: All are welcome to stay in the service and enjoy books and coloring materials.

ES/MS – Youth Sunday leadership June 7th

MULTIGENERATIONAL and ADULT Sunday School – 9:30 am Sunday, June 14th and June 28th.

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MULTIGENERATIONAL SUNDAY SCHOOL!! ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL!! We have Multigenerational Sunday School from 9:30 in the cafeteria the second and fourth Sundays of the month. Who is welcome? All ages. We will be creating, discussing, Multi-generational-worshipplaying games, acting out bible stories and more. At the same time, the Sacks host the Adult Sunday School, also at 9:30 am in their living room. The method used is the, “Swedish Bible study method,” interacting with the texts for the service through our own life experiences. Their home is right across the Lutheran Campus from our sanctuary. Best coffee in town = ) Come and enjoy! (At times Adult Sunday School is held in the Upper Room, on the 2nd floor above the Sanctuary.) All are welcome. Need more information, contact wtucrev@gmail.com any time = ) Sunday School schedule: 6/14 and 6/28.

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WTUC Announcements:

*Questions or concerns? Feel free to email wtucrev@gmail.com anytime.

*Please enjoy and refer our website https://wtuc.net/ and FB page (West Tokyo Union Church) to others. Please make any suggestions for additions to the Pastor Teresa and/or Steering Committee. If you’d like to be added to the WTUC church email list, please contact Gene Witt ewitt@asij.ac.jp

*If interested in joining the WTUC Prayer Chain, let Pastor Teresa or Prayer Chain Coordinator, Kayo Ozawa, know of your interest. Please submit prayers to wtucrev@gmail.com or Kayo Ozawa.

*Sign up for snacks for fellowship time with Ann or Jill. We appreciate your contributions to our community life!

*Interested in baptism or membership, please contact Pastor Teresa.

***

Sermon Passage – Psalm 138 Thanksgiving and Praise Of David.

1 I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart;

   before the gods I sing your praise;

2 I bow down toward your holy temple

   and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness;

   for you have exalted your name and your word

   above everything.

3 On the day I called, you answered me,

   you increased my strength of soul.

4 All the kings of the earth shall praise you, O Lord,

   for they have heard the words of your mouth.

5 They shall sing of the ways of the Lord,

   for great is the glory of the Lord.

6 For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly;

   but the haughty he perceives from far away.

7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble,

   you preserve me against the wrath of my enemies;

you stretch out your hand,

   and your right hand delivers me.

8 The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me;

   your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.

   Do not forsake the work of your hands.

Gospel Passage – Luke 18:9-17 (NRSV)

The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector

9 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.’ 13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.”

Jesus Blesses Little Children

15 People were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them; and when the disciples saw it, they sternly ordered them not to do it. 16 But Jesus called for them and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. 17 Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.”