“. . . James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to Jesus and said to him, ‘Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.’ And he said to them, ‘What is it you want me to do for you?’ And they said to him, ‘Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.’ But Jesus said to them, ‘You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?’ They replied, ‘We are able.’ Then Jesus said to them, ‘The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.’ . . .”
From sermon4kids.com: “Sometimes you and I may say, “I wish I could be more like Jesus.” Is that really our wish? If we really want that wish to come true, we must give our lives in service to others.”
Scripture: October 21, 2018 (Proper 24)—Isaiah 53:4-12; Psalm 91:9-16; Hebrews 5:1-10; and Mark 10:35-45.
Collect: Almighty and everlasting God, in Christ you have revealed your glory among the nations: Preserve the works of your mercy, that your Church throughout the world may persevere with steadfast faith in the confession of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Reflection: James and John, elsewhere called “Sons of Thunder” (see Mark 3:17), ask to sit at Jesus’ side and share in his glory (Mark 10:35–37). Jesus, in turn, asks whether they are able to drink his cup or be baptized with his baptism (Mark 10:38). Isaiah’s song of the Suffering Servant has similar themes: “Therefore I will allot him a portion with the great . . . because he poured out himself to death” (Isa. 53:12). What does it mean to share in Christ’s glory? What does it mean to share in his cup or his baptism?
Sunday School—9 am on Sunday
From Mother Teresa
Are we helping the poor, the lonely, the oppressed? People want to see Christ in others. Therefore, we must love Christ with undivided love until it hurts. It must be a total surrender, a total conviction that nothing separates us from the love of Christ. We belong to Christ.
Movies/Videos: “Cider House Rules” (1999), spiritual practice of self esteem; “The Messenger: Story of Joan of Arc” (1999), Joan interpreted as a zealot [one of the editor’s all time favorites]; “Mr. Holland’s Opus” (1995), a music teacher’s 30-year job
Image “Raising Cairn” by Celeste Roberge [Ms. Roberge has created several “cairns”. This one is said to depict grief; the editor believes it also depicts the weight of servanthood. Visit her site.]
We began our discussion of the saints last Sunday. We will be reading a litany during 10:30 am worship on November 4th. In addition, I’m asking you to select one of the many saints listed in our litany and create a letter-size description of that saint to include a picture. We will put your creations on the bulletin board. See you at 9 am in our room in the main building. See you then!