Service Times

Church of Ireland – The Kinsale Union of Parishes

Sunday 17th October 20th after Trinity

8:30am Holy Communion  Kinsale

10:00am Morning Prayer Ballymartle

11:30am Holy Communion  Kinsale

20th Sunday after Trinity – 17th October 2021

COLLECT (the special prayer that ‘collects up’ our thoughts) for the 20th Sunday after Trinity: Almighty God, whose Holy Spirit equips your Church with a rich variety of gifts, grant us so to use them that, living the gospel of Christand eager to do your will, we may share with the whole creation in the joys of eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to Jesus 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 baptised with the baptism I am baptised 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 baptised, you will be baptised; 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 recognise as rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. But it is not so among you; rather, 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 as a ransom for many.’

Reflection: In my last year of school in Belfast in 1975, I was advised that I might be the kind of person to fit in to the University of St Andrews, in Scotland. Further enquiry showed that it was the 3rd oldest university in these islands (1413), was very small, and was very remote (on the east coast of Fife): I replied, ‘Yes, that sounds right for me!’ I then found that its motto was not in Latin, but in Greek, aien aristuien, and it meant ‘Always to be the best.’ That could sound rather arrogant, I thought. In fact, it was not: it merely set the tone for real achievement. Where would we be as humans if we didn’t have some competition? Who’d win the All Ireland Finals? … The Six Nations? … The Tidy Towns? If businesses didn’t compete (as for example, in the Soviet regime) we’d have poor quality products … If restaurants didn’t compete we’d have poor choices for a good night out … If schools set no marks pupils, they wouldhave little incentive to excel. Healthy competition seems to be a good thing for us, but only as long as it does not become arrogance or putting down others. In our Gospel reading for this week we find that the disciples of Jesus had missed a fundamental thing about what he had been saying. Jesus had been talking about a ‘kingdom’, and James and John were very keen to ensure that they had a degree of ‘honour’ or ‘status’ in any kingdom that was coming. They wanted seats of power, one on his left and one on his right, in glory. This was not healthy competition: this was the worst sort of human ‘one-upmanship’, and its desire to look down on others. That is why Jesus had to make the fundamental point in return: the values of the ‘kingdom of God’ invert or turn upside down normal human values, for ‘whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant … for the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve …’ Sadly, looking at the long history of the Christian Church over the years, that point has so often been lost: but you and I have the chance to put the record straight in our own daily lives!

The prayer of a servant: Heavenly Father, we want to be your servants. Help us to be more concerned with the welfare of others than with our own. May we love our neighbours and demonstrate that love through words and deeds. When ouractions reflect your love and your grace, may the world see you through us. We offer this short prayer in the power of the Spirit and in the name of Jesus. (Adapted).

Rev Peter Rutherford, Rector: Tel. 021-4772220.

St. Multose is normally open daily at the following times: (Winter) 1000hrs to 16hrs (Summer) 1000hrs to 1800hrs. There are information panels explaining the history of the building. Visitors are kindly asked to respect those times when there is public worship and to behave accordingly.

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