PASTOR BRAD'S PAGE
September 23, 2018
Again this week, Jesus teaches his disciples that he will be betrayed, killed and after three days rise again (Mark 9:30-37). But this time, instead of Peter taking Jesus aside and scolding him, the disciples argue amongst themselves who is the greatest. Then when Jesus asks them what they were arguing about, there’s awkward silence.
So Jesus sits down, calls them all together and says, “Whoever wants to be first must be least of all and the servant of all.” He reverses the worldview of greatness saying, “You wanna be first, take the lowest position, the servant’s position. True greatness is found in sacrifice and service. You wanna be great, assume the role of the servant. Greatness is measured in our willingness to sacrifice.”
This morning, we are reminded once again that greatness is not found in how much we have or in status or importance. Greatness is found in discipleship, in humility, in sacrifice, in our willingness to serve. Amen.
Rev. Bradley A. Walmer,
a 2008 graduate of Lancaster Theological Seminary, where he received his Master of Divinity degree and was awarded the 2008 Rev. Delores Berry prize for preaching. He was ordained into Christian ministry by the Lebanon Association of the Penn Central Conference of the United Church of Christ on June 1, 2008. Prior to beginning his pastorate here at New Covenant on August 1, 2015, he served as the pastor of St. Paul’s Summer Hill UCC in Auburn, Pa (located southeast of Pottsville, PA).
Pastor Brad and his wife Michelle were born and raised in Lebanon County and now reside in the area with their dog, Chloe.