Frontier Services: Grow, Nurture, Flourish

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Billabong, © Mark Hewitt 2012

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Moderator Rev Sue Ellis, 21 October 2018
at The Corner Uniting Church, Warradale, South Australia.

Mark 10:35-45 (NRSV)

James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, ‘Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.’ And he said to them, ‘What is it you want me to do for you?’ And they said to him, ‘Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.’ But Jesus said to them, ‘You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?’ They replied, ‘We are able.’ Then 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 hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.’

When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John.So Jesus called them and said to them, ‘You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.’

Extravagant God,
your generosity is revealed in the rich and
unique creation of Australia and her people.
Thank you for all who call this country home –
from the Kimberley to the South West Cape,
from the Southern Ocean to the Arafura Sea.
We pray for all who live beyond the cities.

Living Christ, who empowers, enlivens,
and enables forgiveness,
bless those who serve the needs of others –
in child and aged care,
Outback Links and work parties,
ministry and emergency response.
We pray for all who serve
in remote regions of this country.

Holy Spirit, guide and encourage the whole church
as we share in the work of Frontier Services
and other agencies working for
reconciliation, justice, equity and access.
We pray for all who dream of,
and work to renew hope and enrich life.

God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
we bring to you our own prayers…

God of unexpected journeys
and surprising outcomes,
hear our prayers in Jesus’ name.
Amen.

Frontier Services 2016

Sturt Peas, Prayerful Colouring, ©Mark Hewitt 2016

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