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Children's Activity Bulletin (Ages 5-7): Matthew 16:13-20

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Divide the congregation into four voices.

I: Traveling to see friends,
traveling to see relatives,
II: show me your way, O Lord,
and teach me your paths.
III: To white-capped mountains,
and clear rushing streams,
IV: show me your way, O Lord,
and teach me your paths.
I: Sometimes in new neighborhoods,
sometimes in familiar homes,
II: show me your way, O Lord,
and teach me your paths.
III: Wherever we go, our path is the path of love;
our destination, your heart.

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