Old Testament Reading Jeremiah 11:18-20
Epistle Reading: James 3:13 – 4:10
Gospel Reading: Mark 9:30-37
Sermon: “Openness to God”
James 4:7-8,10 NRSV
 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.  Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.
Mark 9:35-37 NRSV
 He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.”  Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them,  “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.”