What is God’s take on importance and power?

Week of Sunday, October 21
22nd Sunday after Pentecost

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REMINDER – This week we will begin meeting in the green chapel, located in the community center.

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.

Readings and Psalm
Isaiah 53:4-12
The suffering servant
Psalm 91:9-16
You have made the Lord your refuge, and the Most High your habitation. (Ps. 91:9)
Hebrews 5:1-10
Through suffering Christ becomes the source of salvation
Mark 10:35-45
Warnings to ambitious disciples