Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

September 19, 2021 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
311 Blue Grass Trail
Morris Fleischer

We often hear the phrase “God has a plan for my life.”  Is this the way God works—devising plans for each of our lives and keeping us always following that plan?  The providence of God may be considerably more supple, free, and resourceful than that statement allows.  Our message, The Best Laid Plans, will come from Mark 9:30-37.

Mark 9:30-37 (NRSV)

30They went on from there and passed through Galilee.  He did not want anyone to know it; 31for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.”  32But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him.

33Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way?”  34But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest.  35He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.”  36Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, 37“Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.”