“Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.” -Mark 9:37
We live in a society of “invisible” people – those on the margins; those for whom we would rather not associate. In our Gospel lesson for today Jesus talks about the upside down kingdom of God – where the last shall be first. It is clear that Jesus is an advocate for the poor and disenfranchised and those invisible people still exist in our society today.
Worship Music This Sunday
We will sing in our Traditional services the Hymn of the Day Lord, Whose Love In Humble Service. Today, Jeremiah and Jesus are lifted up as examples of loving, humble servants of the most high God.
Jesus predicts his death and tells the disciples that anyone who wants to be first must be last. While the entirety of today’s traditional hymn lifts up these themes, the fourth stanza is particularly powerful.
During our New Day Praise service we will sing Make Us One. The song’s lyrics, “We confess all our offenses, We confess we’ve been afraid, We repent of all our pride, Let all the hurt be washed away” point to our confession of being ’puffed’ up rather than focused on the greatness of the Lord.
Can You See Me Now?
For Further Reflection: Gathering Song
Whenever we get together, we sing. In fact, the primary instrument on Sunday morning isn’t the organ, the piano, or the choir. Rather, the most important music on Sunday morning is the music sung by the whole gathered people of God.
We sing hymns that give artful shape to prayer and praise. We sing prayers for all of God’s people in the Kyrie (Luke 17:13). We sing “Glory to God” with the angels from Luke’s gospel (Luke 2:14) or “This is the feast” using images and language from Revelation (Revelation 5:12-13).
How do these songs set after the message of grace received in baptism and confession/forgiveness turn our attention to God?
How would the message of our gathering change if we sang these songs in a different part of the service?