Getting Ready for Sunday, 09.20

James 3:13 – 4:3, 7-8a
Mark 9:30-37
“What Are We Talking About? Are We Listening?”

To get ready for church this week, please take a little inventory of your recent life:

1) Make a list of what you have been talking about lately — the topics you have focused on, the conversations that have mattered to you when you are engaging with people.

2) Ask yourself: what did I hear that I didn’t understand or expect, and what have I learned?

“To ask (your questions) in a heartfelt readiness to confess you don’t know the answers, and a desire to explore with others whatever comes up,
even if it hardly seems any more conclusive or even comprehensible
because the measure of our wrestling with the most important mysteries is certainly the degree to which we are surprised by
where we are and where we could end up.”