Our 10 o’clock Eucharist will be live-streamed to You Tube. The stream will begin at 9:45 with a welcome and musical prelude, and the service begins at 10 am. You can also take part in the service at a later time!
This Sunday is the 21st Sunday after Pentecost. We’ll hear God challenging Job from out of the whirlwind (Job 38.1-7, 34-41). We’ll also hear Jesus warning James and John about their earthly ambitions, re-shaping our understanding of what it is to be disciples (Mark 10.35-45).
Here’s what Sundays and Seasons has to say about this week’s gospel passage:
Today’s gospel starts with disciples obsessing over who will be closest to Jesus, leading to Jesus teaching his followers about God’s take on importance and power. Here Jesus makes it explicit that the reversal of values in God’s community is a direct challenge to the values of the dominant culture, where wielding power over others is what makes you great. When we pray “your kingdom come” we are praying for an end to tyranny and oppression. We pray this gathered around the cross, a sign of great shame transformed to be the sign of great honour and service.