Sermon Title: “Ransom Paid”
232 By All Your Saints Still Striving
742 Loving Spirit (from Wonder, Love & Praise –Hail Mary)
366 Holy God we Praise Thy Name
Birthdays: Ron Boston (21), Suzanne Serrahn (22), Jim Walker (25)
Anniversaries: Joe & Karen Kopec (25)
For the sick and those needing healing and support:
For the departed:
For people suffering from religious persecution
For people experiencing violence throughout the world
For safety and protection for all travelers
For people suffering loss from fires or floods
About the Readings . . .
Our (first) readings continue from the book of Job. He has persistently sought to know why he must suffer. While his friends attribute it to his sin, Job seeks God’s response. At last God replies; his answer is no answer.
The answer comes. The letter to the Hebrews explains that when Jesus sought rescue from suffering, God‘s reply was to make his suffering the means to greater fulfillment . . . and for us. (second reading)
The question the Gospel puts to us is whether we too would choose the way of the cross, Jesus’ path of suffering, with Jesus. James and John serve are our stand-ins.
Next Week’s Readings (23 Pentecost):
Job 42:1-6, 10.17; Psalm 34:1-8, 19-22
Hebrews 7:23-28; Mark 10: 46-52