Our 10 o’clock Eucharist will be live-streamed to YouTube. The stream will begin at about 9:45 with a welcome and musical preludes, with the service beginning at 10 am.
Here’s what Sundays and Seasons offers as a reflection on this week’s readings:
Someone who isn’t part of Jesus’ own circle is casting out demons in Jesus’ name, and the disciples want him stopped. They appeal to Jesus, as Joshua did to Moses about the elders who prophesied without official authorization. Like Moses, Jesus refuses to see this as a threat. Jesus welcomes good being done in his name, even when it is not under his control. The circle we form around Jesus’ word must be able to value good being done in ways we wouldn’t do it, by people we can’t keep tabs on.
Here at Nativity, the preacher intends to focus on the first reading, from Esther. The wikipedia article on the book of Esther is a pretty decent introduction!