Worship materials for the Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost through Reign of Christ Sunday were contributed by Richard Bott, St. Andrews Haney United Church, Maple Ridge, B.C., and Shannon Tennant, Shiloh Sixth United Church, New Westminster, B.C.
Lectionary readings from Vanderbilt Divinity Library online
Job acknowledges Gods power; Jobs fortunes are restored.
Taste and see that God is good.
Christ the permanent High Priest.
The healing of blind Bartimaeus.
Invite the congregation to take some time in quiet reflection. During that time, help the congregants to focus on each of their sensessight, hearing, smell, taste, touch. Invite them to reflect on a time when each sense was affected in a particularly vivid way and to reflect on the difficulties and blessings that their senses have offered them.
Ask: do you ever find that people dont listen to you? Why do we not listen to some people? (Because theyre smaller...quieter...dont speak our language...are not cool.) What things could we do to be heard, and what things could we do to help others be heard? Link this discussion to the way that Jesus helped Bartimaeus to be heard.
As much as the dominant Canadian culture works to be egalitarian, there are times we do not want to hear the voices of need. Like the folks who told Bartimaeus to shut up (Mark 10:48, The Complete Gospels1), there have been, and continue to be, times when we try to shut those voices out...or try to shut them down. How do we deal with our surprise (and our shame) when we realize that Jesus is saying to the people whose voices were shutting out, Tell them to come over here (Mark 10:49, The Complete Gospels2)? In the gospel lesson, the crowd does a rather abrupt about-face. How ready are we to open up to those voices, especially if God is calling us to do something about them?
VU 276 O God who shaped creation
VU 894 Holy God, we praise your name
MV 85 Take, O take me as I am
MV 106 I am the dream
MV 196 We will take what you offer
MV 202 Bread for the journey
VU 371 Open my eyes
MV 62 There is room for all
MV 66 Senzeni na?
MV 136 When hands reach out and fingers trace