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Today’s gospel starts with disciples obsessing over who’s number one, which leads Jesus to say something 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 honor and service.

Prayer:

Sovereign God, you turn your greatness into goodness for all the peoples on earth. Shape us into willing servants of your kingdom, and make us desire always and only your will, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Readings:

Isaiah 53:4-12
Psalm 91:9-16
Hebrews 5:1-10
Mark 10:35-45

This Weeks Readings

October 21, 2018 - Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost
Monday1 Samuel 8:1-18
Hebrews 6:1-12
Psalm 37:23-40
Tuesday1 Samuel 10:17-25
Hebrews 6:13-20
Psalm 37:23-40
Wednesday1 Samuel 12:1-25
John 13:1-17
Psalm 37:23-40
ThursdayJeremiah 23:9-15
Hebrews 7:1-10
Psalm 126
FridayJeremiah 26:12-24
Hebrews 7:11-22
Psalm 126
SaturdayJeremiah 29:24-32
Mark 8:22-26
Psalm 126