First or last 092318

Mark 9:30-37

Jesus and his disciples passed through Galilee. . . . Then they came to Capernaum; and . . . he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way?” But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest. He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.”

From “Jesus sat down and called his disciples to him. ‘If anyone wants to be first,” he said, “he must be the very last, and be the servant of everyone else.’ Now that wasn’t exactly what the disciples wanted to hear. . . . There are a lot of keys on my key ring. One key you won’t find on this key ring is the key to greatness. The key to greatness is to have a servant’s heart. A heart like Jesus.”

Scripture: September 23, 2018—Jeremiah 11:18-20; Psalm 54; James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a; and Mark 9:30-37.

Collect: Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Reflection: Give yourself some moments each day in the coming week to sit quietly with your eyes closed. Visualize Jesus kneeling down, opening his arms, and bringing you close to his heart. Let yourself be a little child who is welcomed. What do you notice?

Sunday School—9 am on Sunday

Eye Candy: “Jesus welcomes the little children” by Jesus Mafa; “Christ with children” by Joachim Wtewael; “The last will be first” by Anthony Falbo; “Christ and the children” by Emil Nolde (note how artist presents adults as darker and children as lighter).

Ear Worm: “I want Jesus to walk with me“, a little soulful and a bit of New Orleans jazz; “O Lord, how deep, how broad, how high“, processional hymn for workshop on “Higher Things” (watch the procession through the congregation); “God is love, let heavens adore him“, a fun competition between choir & organ.

Brain Food: “Who is the greatest?” by Janet Hunt; “A different kind of greatness” by David Lose

A Covenant Prayer in the Wesleyan Tradition
I am no longer my own, but yours.
Put me to what you will, place me with whom you will.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be put to work for you or set aside for you,
Praised for you or criticized for you.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and fully surrender all things to your glory and service.
And now, O wonderful and holy God,
Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer,
you are mine, and I am yours.
So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
Let it also be made in heaven.  Amen.

Movies/Videos: “Stir of echoes” (1999), “. . . thriller about dark side of psychic abilities”; “The secret garden” (1993), “about the restorative powers of nature, friendship, and nurturing”; “Simon Birch” (1998), “. . . knows his destiny . . .”

Image “Christ with children” by Joachim Wtewael


Study guide, group activity; snack—draw a key, get a snack



: young elementary: activity one & two; bulletin games;
older elementary: activity one & two; bulletin games.




Sunday school topic this week is “Was Jesus of Nazareth God?” Watch the video. Be thinking about the difference between “Jesus, the man” and “Jesus, the god”. Or is there a difference? See you at 9 am in our room in the main building. See you then!

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