Jesus . . . asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” . . . Peter answered him, “You are the Messiah.” . . . Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. . . . Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But . . . he [Jesus] rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”
From sermon4kids.com: “Did you know that there are still many people today who don’t know who Jesus is? If you ask, they might say, “He was a great teacher.” Or some might say, “He was a great religious leader.” They don’t know what Peter knew. They don’t know what you and I know. They don’t know that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.”
Scripture: September 16, 2018—Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 116:1-8; James 3:1-12; and Mark 8:27-38.
Collect: O God, because without you we are not able to please you, mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Reflection: When we hear Jesus say we are to “deny” ourselves, this can seem strangely harsh language, and it is well that each of us knows what it means in our own lives. You are made in God’s image. As an image of the divine, God does not command you to be nothing. You are not to be denigrated. What aspects of your life, your desires, your tendencies, do you recognize as impeding your ability to set your mind on what you truly want and need? What is your cross? Perhaps you see more than one cross you must bear. If you “take up” your cross (or crosses), how might you live differently than you do now?
Sunday School—9 am
Abandon the illusion you’re a self-contained individual.
Be a part of this wounded world,
and find yourself with Christ.
Set aside your own desires,
give yourself fully for others;
be the hands and heart of Jesus.
accept your brokenness,
and reach out for love.
Let go of your own plans.
Join in the healing of the world.
You will not be alone.
Follow your soul, not your ego.
Follow it right into people’s suffering.
Follow it right into the heart of God.
Pour yourself out;
let the world pour in;
then you are one with the Beloved. .
~Steve Garnaas-Holmes at www.unfoldinglight.net.
Movies/Videos: “Pay it forward” (2000), “a moral story” about an 11 year old boy; “X-men” (2000), “In karmic evolution, the successful actions that lead to positive evolutionary mutations such as a human life are those of generosity, morality, tolerance, enterprise, concentration, and intelligence.”; “Vertical Limit” (2000), “film full of sacrifice”
I learned a lot about you last Sunday and hope you learned about me. This Sunday we will continue to focus on “Who am I?”, consistent with the gospel at worship. We will focus on writing a bit as well. See you at 9 am in our room in the main building. See you then!