Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost – 30 Sep – Mark 9:38-48 ~ For or Against Us?

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening Prayer

Pour out your Spirit, O God, over all the world to inspire every heart with knowledge and love of you. Grant that we who confess Jesus as Lord may shun whatever is contrary to our faith and give witness to your love that has saved us in Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.
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“Voice Of The Skies (Psalm 19)” – The Shiyr Poets

The heavens declare the glory
The heavens declare the glory of
The heavens declare the glory of God

Day after day | Night after night
The voice of the skies proclaim
The art of your hands

Without a sound | Without a word
The voice of the skies goes out
To the edge of the world

For the sun a celestial pavilion
Like a couple just wed from their canopy come
The rising of the sun to warm the world

Then the sun completes its circuit
Like a champion running his course with delight
Nothing in the world escapes it’s heat

The law of the Lord is perfect
The law of the Lord revives the soul
The Lord’s commands are sure delighting the heart

The fear of the Lord is blameless
The fear of the Lord gives light to the eyes
The teachings of the Lord make the foolish wise

To be desired | Much more than gold
Sweeter than honey from the honeycomb
Your servant is warned | Of danger and woe
For all who keep your word there’s great reward

For who can discern their own heart
Cleanse me from these hidden faults of mine
Keep me your servant from willful sin
Let them not be master over me

Then I will be blameless
I will be innocent
I will be free from sin

May the words | Of my mouth
May every heartfelt thought be pleasing to you

O Lord My Rock | Redeemer of all
May the life I live be pleasing to you
May the life I live be pleasing to you

The heavens declare the glory
The heavens declare the glory of
The heavens declare the glory of God
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Gospel Reading: Mark 9:38-48 (NLT)

John said to Jesus, “Teacher, we saw someone using your name to cast out demons, but we told him to stop because he wasn’t in our group.”

“Don’t stop him!” Jesus said. “No one who performs a miracle in my name will soon be able to speak evil of me. Anyone who is not against us is for us. If anyone gives you even a cup of water because you belong to the Messiah, I tell you the truth, that person will surely be rewarded.

“But if you cause one of these little ones who trusts in me to fall into sin, it would be better for you to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone hung around your neck. If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It’s better to enter eternal life with only one hand than to go into the unquenchable fires of hell with two hands. If your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It’s better to enter eternal life with only one foot than to be thrown into hell with two feet. And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out. It’s better to enter the Kingdom of God with only one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell, ‘where the maggots never die and the fire never goes out.’
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Prayers of Intercession:

Sovereign God, ruler of heaven and earth: we approach your throne of grace to receive mercy and help in this our time of trouble. Lord, hear our prayers –

+ For church leaders — that they may serve humbly and speak truthfully to those in positions of power…
+ For people in positions of power — that they may use it wisely and fairly to further your Kingdom purposes…
+ For people in the media – that they might report the news truthfully without bias, slander or innuendo…
+ For people of faith – that we might discern truth from falsehood, and uphold the presumption of innocence…
+ For persecuted people of faith – that they may be delivered from evil with their reputations and positions restored…
+ For displaced people of faith – that they may be provided for and safely return to their homes and communities…
+ For people who are sick in body, mind and spirit – that they may be healed and delivered from all that ails them…
+ For all who have died in Christ – that they may receive the reward of eternal life lived in your holy presence…

Sovereign God: Give wisdom to all who rely on you, and show us the mercy and grace we need each day, all to your glory – we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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“I Am Not Alone” – Kari Jobe


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Blessing – Ephesians 3:20-21

“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!



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