The Greatest in the Kingdom

FOR OUR FIRST CHILD, our daughter, I composed a hymn based on the story found in three Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) about the disciples arguing over who would be the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus then shows them a little child:

Matthew 18: 1-5: At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me.”

It is made available for digital download in two different keys, one lower, which is more ideal for a congregation to sing. A higher key is also provided to allow the sopranos to soar.

($39.00) Digital PDF copy comes with reprint license limited to use for one choir. Upon purchase, you will receive an email from which you can download the score. You do not have permission to disseminate the score.

Here is a live recording (2007—lower key) performed by Youth Pro Musica and the St. Cecilia Choir, Boston, with Peter Krasinski, organ.