This Week's Sunday Mass

October 21, 2018: 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Presider: Fr. Mark Payne
Parish: Chaplain, Heart of the Nation
Choir: St. Charles
Entrance: As We Gather At Your Table (NETTLETON)
Text: Carl P. Daw, Jr., b.1944, © 1989, Hope Publishing Company. Tune: NETTLETON, 8 7 8 7 D; Wyeth’s Repository of Sacred Music, 1813 Text: Robert Robinson, 1735–1790

Psalm 33: Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you – Luke Mayernik
Refrain from Lectionary for Mass Copyright © 1969, 1981, 1997, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. Verses from The Revised Grail Psalms, Copyright © 2010, Conception Abbey/The Grail, admin. by GIA Publications, Inc. Setting Copyright © 2017 Birnamwood Publications (ASCAP), A division of Morningstar Music Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.

Preparation: The Servant Song –
Text: Richard Gillard Tune: Richardd Gillard; harm. bu Betty Pulkingham, b. 1929 ©1977, Scripture in Song

Communion: Servant Song
© 1984, OCP, All rights reserved. Contributors: Donna Marie McCargill

Sending Forth: Lord, whose Love in Humble Service – BEACHSPRING
Contributors: Lutheran Book of Worship. Tune: © 1978, 1985 Augsburg Fortress

Mass Setting – Mass of Christ the Savior
Text © 2010, ICEL, All rights reserved. Used with permission. Music © 2007, 2009, Daniel L. Schutte. Published by OCP. All rights reserved. Contributors: Dan Schutte, ICEL.

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The Lord be with you. And with your spirit.
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark. Glory to you o Lord.
James and John the sons of Zebedee came to Jesus and said to him, "Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you." He replied, "What do you wish me to do for you?" They answered him, "Grant that in your glory we may sit one at your right and the other at your left." Jesus said to them, "You do not know what you are asking. Can you drink the cup that I drink or be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?" They said to him, "We can." 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 or at my left is not mine to give but is for those for whom it has been prepared." When the ten heard this, they became indignant at James and John. Jesus summoned them and said to them, "You know that those who are recognized as rulers over the gentiles Lord it over them, and their great ones make their authority over them felt. But it shall not be so among you. Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant, whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all. For the son of man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many."

The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.

As we gather on this Sunday, I think we have a little of John and James in us. You know who doesn't want to be first? In fact when I’m driving on the highway and you know when all of a sudden we have to merge into one lane and there's some who are just trying to get by. They want to be first. Or what about when you're waiting for the doctor and you're just waiting to be called. You tap your finger I’m waiting, I’m waiting, I want to go now! We all want to be first. We all want to be up there. So what James and john ask is pretty common actually most of us do want to be first. But Jesus says wait a minute. Wait a minute. I’m not asking you to be first. I’m asking you to be with I want you to recognize that we need to slow down we need to take a little more time. We need to become more patient and understanding. So when I’m in that line and I’m waiting....relax. Say a prayer, calm yourself. When I’m waiting to be called from the doctor's office, take a little more time and just realize that maybe someone else needs to go ahead of you who has something more serious than you. It’s a moment in which we have to recognize it's not about me and that's what Jesus says. I’m asking you to be a slave. I’m asking you to be last I’m asking you to take your time. I’m asking you to let someone go in front of you. And you know something, when you're standing in the supermarket aisle, why can't you have a conversation with someone? Why can't you greet them? Why is it I have to go in and out as quickly as possible? Today we're called to really examine our actions and how we can change how we need to slow down. Recognize that there are others around us. We are with. We don't have to be first we don't have to be number 1 but what we need to be is with. And the more that we're with actually the happier we are. And I think that's the insight that Jesus wants us to glean from this reading today. To be with. To serve one another is a greater call than to be first in line.

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