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Fall Sunday Worship Series: The Gospel of Mark & Turning Things Upside Down!
September 19, 2021 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
This series will be grounded mostly in Mark’s gospel which are the lectionary texts for the season. The texts are rich with imagery/exhortation to “turn the world upside” down or that the “kingdom” Jesus desires looks very different. Mark also deals a lot with mystery and the idea of the “already not yet.” (Mark starts with everything is fulfilled and complete and yet not.) What is the divine’s role in this and what is our role in this? In many ways Mark is a portrait of Jesus and/or how Jesus sees the world/faithful living – with a focus on a world and community that is transparent and justice oriented. It is a wild and wonderful existence. It is a set of texts with lots of hopes and dreams for the future So I will work with all that. And, having lived through (still living in) a time that feels “turned upside down” I think this will all resonate. Pastor Tad
Title: Turning Things Upside Down
September 12th – Mark 8:27-38
Themes: Who do you say that I am? Painting a portrait/picture of Jesus and/or the world Jesus calls us to. All is fulfilled and yet not. What is our role and what is God’s role?
Other: This is the kickoff day for fall. We will also recognize and commission Sunday school and students and teachers including Prime Time.
September 19th – Mark 9:30-37
Themes: The first will be last and the last first. Let the little children come to me. Welcome and inclusion.
September 26th – Mark 9:38-50
Themes: Challenging the separation between sacred and secular. Whoever is not against us is for us.
October 3rd – Hebrews 4: 12-16
Other: This is World Communion Sunday and we take the Peacemaking Offering
October 10th – Mark 10: 17-31
Themes: What is most important? Sell all you have and give it to the poor. Easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle then a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven.
Other: Pledge drive begins.
October 17th – Mark 10: 35-45
Themes: Asking for preferential treatment. It is about being a servant to all. Not about a certain position or power.
Other: Pledge Drive
October 24th – Mark 10: 46-52
Themes: Healing of the blind man. Seeing.
Other: Pledge Drive
October 31st – Mark 12: 28-34 / John 11:32-44
Themes: What is the greatest commandment? Love God and neighbor. Jesus love for his friend Lazarus.
Other: This is All Saints Sunday & Pledge Sunday
November 7th – Mark 12: 38-44
Themes: Not about appearances. Be authentic. The widow gave from her poverty and that is what is honored. Abundance.
Other: Communion Sunday
November 14th – Mark 13: 1-8
Themes: Hard stuff. The birth pangs. Impermanence and change.
November 21st – John 18: 33-37
Themes: Pontius Pilate. False and corrupt ruler. King of a different kind of kingdom. Speaking truth to power.
Other: This is Reign of Christ or Christ the King Sunday