This will be a Sunday filled with activity at Christ Church Cathedral. The young men of the Mobile Kappa League will be our special guests for worship and brunch following. Their advisor, Carl Cunningham, Jr., will speak to us about this wonderful high school program designed to prepare young men for meaningful life and work. Our confirmation class is working to raise money through Sunday’s brunch in order to fund the League’s ACT/SAT preparation and testing; they will be serving brunch, busing tables, and collecting money this Sunday. Please be generous in supporting this cause.
We will intensify our focus on stewardship this Sunday. Senior Warden Bob Israel will explain this year’s campaign, and I will introduce Bible study material on the tithe that will be included in your bulletin. Following brunch, your vestry and the stewardship leadership team will meet in the chapel for their training.
In our lessons from scripture this Sunday, we continue to read the story of Job, this week reaching the point at which God answers Job’s questioning. The verses in our Sunday lesson are just the beginning of God’s marvelous series of questions for Job; these function as a vivid tour of the cosmos, designed to inspire Job’s awe and amazement, and ours. At the end of it all, God really does want to hear what Job has to say! I encourage you to read these four chapters, even out loud, so that you can share the wonder.
In our gospel reading from Mark, James and John approach Jesus to ask for glory and status in his kingdom. Jesus replies that they do not know what they are asking: the coming of his kingdom will involve harder experiences than they can comprehend, and their notion of status is not what it will look like in his kingdom. Greatness there comes from being a servant and a “slave to all.”
Both of these lessons remind us of the great gulf between our understanding of life and the world and God’s understanding, of the illusions we foster about ourselves and about the world, and of the feebleness of our visions of the future. But that is not all. These lessons also show that God wants to show us His works and wants to engage us in discovering them and that Jesus wants us to be great in his kingdom, by following in his way. Come and engage in that discovery through worship this Sunday.