Welcome to worship! In HomeFaith servant leadership we will be looking at what it might mean to be a leader based on Mark 10:35-45. We have assembled some videos, music, stories and prayer, as well as some fun activities for the young at heart to enjoy anytime. You might like to read out aloud the written prayers and the reading.
‘Lord, you are my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’ (from Psalm 91).
The opening song is, ‘To God be the glory’, sung at the Royal Albert Hall ‘Big Bang’ concert. If you have problems connecting you can go directly to YouTube at:
Let us pray. God of all creation, you laid the foundations of the earthwhile all the morning stars sang together, and all the heavenly beings shouted for joy. You created us in your image,to love and serve one another as Jesus loved and served his friends. As we listen to your deeds of old, open our hearts and minds to hear the voice of your Holy Spirit.
The reading for today is from the Gospel of Mark 10:35-45 (from the NRSV Bible).
James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to Jesus and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” And he said to them, “What is it you want me to do for you?” And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.”
But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” They replied, “We are able.” Then Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.”
When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John. So Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”
And/or video of reading
Here is a dramatic re-enactment of today’s reading from Mark (with a little extra). A group called the ‘Lumo Gospel’ recorded it and the remainder of the four Gospels. If you have trouble connecting you can go direct to YouTube at:
The reflective music for today is ‘We Are One’, filmed live in 2019 in Oxford, UK, from Emu Music’s ‘Creation Awaits’ album. The video is in the window below and if you have problems connecting you can go directly to YouTube at:
The speaker for today’s message is Rev. Geoff Wellington from the Saltbush Community.
Prayer of response
The prayers and blessing for today are in a video led by Ros & Keith Robinson. Please join in with saying the Lord’s Prayer.
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come; your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread and forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen.
As Jesus commissioned the Apostles to go into the wider community in his name, so we are sent by God to love and serve the community in which we live, work and play.
May Christ the King pour upon you his abundant gifts, and make you faithful and strong to do his will. And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit be with you, now and always.
The closing hymn is, ‘Brother, sister, let me serve you’, and it is sung by, ‘The Daily Service Singers’. If you have problems connecting you can go directly to YouTube at:
The postlude for today is, ‘Be thou my vision’, and it is sung by Nathan Pacheco. If you have trouble connecting try going directly to YouTube at:
Here are some fun activities for you to complete during October. They explore the theme that all people, including children, are important and precious to God. The VicTas Synod of the Uniting Church produced this resource. Reference:
HomeFaith servant leadership resources
- All music excerpts in the Vimeo videos were Creative Commons or purchased as royalty free and did not require acknowledgment.
- Opening prayers based on prayers from The Abington Worship Annual 2021, pages 224-226, Deborah Sokolove.
- HomeFaith Servant Leadership was uploaded on 16/10/2021 and is based on the Revised Common lectionary reading for Proper 24B.