THE SECRET OF GREATNESS
September 23, 2018
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
The disciples argued about who was the greatest among them. Sadly, the disciples had the wrong idea of what true greatness is! Is true greatness something to be achieved? Or, is it something more than ourselves and our status in life?
VOTERS’ MEETING—Sunday, October 7, 12:00 p.m. to vote on refinancing with Lutheran Church Extension Fund.
HISPANIC OUTREACH—Plans are in the works to launch our Spanish worship service in October! Our pastors and elders are working with Pastor Sam Ruiz to add a Spanish service to our weekend schedule.
LAKEVIEW WOMEN’S RETREAT—Take a break from the pressures of schedules and obligations and join women from all over the District at the annual Women’s Retreat at Camp Lakeview next weekend, Sept. 28-30. Registration forms and more information may be found at lakeviewministries.com.
LADIES GUILD—Women of the congregation are invited to attend our meeting on Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Luther Room. We will have a devotion, give an overview of our meetings this year as well as work on a mission project of making encouragement cards for Phil’s Friends.
ARK ENCOUNTER TRIP—Tuesday, Sept. 25 is your last chance to sign-up and pay your deposit for the SWANS group day trip to the Ark on Oct. 25.
TRUNK-OR-TREAT—A fun-filled, family-friendly evening of hayrides, live music, food trucks, games, pumpkin chunkin’ and trunks full of CANDY on Friday, Oct. 26 from 6-8 p.m.! Sign-up online or in the narthex by Oct. 15 to volunteer and/or reserve a trunk. A candy donation bin is located by the Luther Room.
OSLS—Childcare is available at church the evening of All Saints’ Fest, Fri., Nov. 2! Drop your children off from 5:15-11 p.m. so that you may enjoy an evening of dining, fellowship, and the opportunity to bid on one-of-a-kind auction items thoughtfully created by our teachers, students, and volunteers. Children must be at least three years old and potty-trained. Fifteen dollars per child includes pizza, drinks, snacks, and activities. Tickets are available in the office between services.
SHARE CHRIST WITH OTHERS-Middle school students participated in service projects around the building on Fri., Sept. 14. including building a pergola in the Early Childhood STEAM garden, cleaning sanctuary chairs, power washing trash cans, organizing cabinets in the office, cleaning the gym, and setting up for the volleyball tournament.
IN OUR PRAYERS
Trudy Gierke, Don Holman, Lyle Jensen, Lynda Pruett, Vi Riczo, and Stuart Zurcher. For all of our homebound members including Dorothy Dobler. For all who mourn including the family and friends of Rick Sons. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter.
Ladies Guild Meeting, Sept. 25, 7 p.m.
Voters’ Meeting, Oct. 7, 12 p.m.
Ark Encounter Trip, Oct. 25
Trunk-or-Treat, Oct. 26, 6-8 p.m.
All Saints’ Fest, Nov. 2, 5:30 p.m.
OLD TESTAMENT READING, Jeremiah 11:18-20
18 The Lord made it known to me and I knew; then you showed me their deeds. 19 But I was like a gentle lamb led to the slaughter. I did not know it was against me they devised schemes, saying, “Let us destroy the tree with its fruit, let us cut him off from the land of the living, that his name be remembered no more.” 20 But, O Lord of hosts, who judges righteously, who tests the heart and the mind, let me see your vengeance upon them, for to you have I committed my cause.
EPISTLE READING, James 3:13-4:10
13 Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. 15 This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. 18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
1What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? 2 You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. 3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. 4 You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. 5 Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”? 6 But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.
GOSPEL READING, Mark 9:30-37
30 They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And he did not want anyone to know, 31 for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him. And when he is killed, after three days he will rise.” 32 But they did not understand the saying, and were afraid to ask him. 33 And they came to Capernaum. And when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?” 34 But they kept silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. 35 And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” 36 And he took a child and put him in the midst of them, and taking him in his arms, he said to them, 37 “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.”