This week, Pastor Rod discusses a passage from Mark 9:30-37 on the topic of “Can Advancement and Humility Go Together?” While this passage makes some of Jesus’ followers look pretty foolish, it ends on a sweet and positive image that can give us clearer heads as we move through the roles we have in life. Love First Word is an online weekly reflection Wednesdays by Rev. Rod Brayfindley of First United Methodist Church, 2100 J Street, Sacramento, California. Pastoral messages include topics of faith, history, science and spiritual health. More inspirational messages can be found at https://firstumcsac.org or on Facebook (@FirstUMCSac. Email pastor: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: (916) 446-5025. This Sunday worship is online only. On September 26, 2021, in-person services resume outdoors at 9:30 am or 11:00 am at 2100 J Street. Please wear masks and keep distancing protocols.