Proper 21 Yr C—
Against or for

Mark 9:38-50

John said to Jesus, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” But Jesus said, “Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. Whoever is not against us is for us. ”

From “The family of God is very large and there are many different groups who make up that family. Whenever we see anyone who is doing good in Jesus’ name, we should not be jealous. We should rejoice and be glad because “If they aren’t against us, they are for us.””

Scripture: September 30, 2018—Numbers 11:4-6,10-16,24-29; Psalm 19:7-14; James 5:13-20; and Mark 9:38-50.

Collect: O God, you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Grant us the fullness of your grace, that we, running to obtain your promises, may become partakers of your heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Reflection: Numbers 11:24–29 and Mark 9:38–41 are both concerned with expressions of divine power that occur outside the bounds of formal leadership and authority. Where have you experienced God’s mighty or gracious action in the church and in the world? What does it mean for the church to pray or act in the name of Jesus Christ? How do you account for gifts of the Spirit that seem to spill out beyond the church’s control?

Sunday School—9 am on Sunday

Eye Candy: “Salt of the earth” by Casey Matthews; “Salt caravan“, iPhone case by Aidan Moran; cover photo from film “Salt of the Earth” (2015); “Man stopping tank“, Beijing, iconic photo.

Ear Worm: “This little light of mine”, arranged by Moses Hogan; sung by children; sung by Etta James (long introduction).

Brain Food: “Salty prophets” by Janet Anne; “Hi, Perbole! Exaggeration, Anyone?” by Alyce M. McKenzie

Blessed be these hands
Blessed be the works of your hands,
O holy One.
Blessed be these hands that have touched life.
Blessed be these hands that have nurtured creativity.
Blessed be these hands that have held pain.
Blessed be these hands that have embraced with passion.
Blessed be these hands that have tended gardens.
Blessed be these hands that have closed in anger.
Blessed be these hands that have planted new seeds.
Blessed be these hands that have harvested ripe fields.
Blessed be these hands that have cleaned, washed, mopped, scrubbed.
Blessed be these hands that have become knotty with age.
Blessed be these hands that are wrinkled and scarred from doing justice.
Blessed be these hands that have reached out and been received.
Blessed be these hands that hold the promise of the future.
Blessed be the works of your hands,
O Holy One.
~Diann Neu

Movies/Videos: “The remains of the day” (1999), “. . . misguided professionalism and debilitating perfectionism”; “Weapons of the spirit” (1989), story of Huguenots protecting Jews during WWII; “Norma Rae” (1979), “. . . If I am to respect myself I have to search myself for what I believe is right and take a stand on what I find. . . .”

Image salt mountain photo from Morton Salt, on Inagua, The Bahamas


Study guide, group activity; snack—share a snack with another



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




Video for “Did Jesus know he was God?”, Chapter 21—lesson for Sunday, September 30, 2018. Be thinking about a story that others have told about you but you don’t remember. We will share these stories. See you at 9 am in our room in the main building. See you then!

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