Beginning February 21, join us via Facebook live on Sunday mornings at 8:15am and 10:30am for our Lent sermon series Through the Wilderness.
Jesus comes off the high of the baptismal proclamation “you are my beloved” and the same Holy Spirit drives Jesus out for a hard 40 days facing devils. We have been and still are in a long pandemic-induced monastic Lenten season. The shocking murder of George Floyd and the captial hill deaths - what character have we found, what resolve do we know, what lessons will we learn, what devils will we overcome? (Mark 1:9-15)
Quitting Consumer Christianity - As Jesus cleans out the temple, Christ hollers out “get these things out of here, stop making the church a marketplace!” The church must offer an alternate pathway or vision for living. Jesus’ kin-dom model “through” is decidedly not market-driven. Often our disappointment stems from our never adopting Jesus’ core vision. We make it “through” by adapting a new vision - born again. (John 2:13-16)
Signs of Faith, Hope, and Love - Jesus/Mark, in third person, speaks of the “human one” being lifted up as was the serpent in the wilderness who brings life to all who look upon it. That poisonous snake on a pole is a strange image of hope (as is the cross), but we are seeing life, hope, love and making “through” it as we look to the science of vaccines, the community of masks, and the rite of handwashing. (Numbers 21:4-9, John 3:14-21)
In this Moment - Now I am deeply troubled*.What should I say? ‘God, save me from this moment’? No, for this is the reason I have come to this time. (Psalm 6:2) Faith is not retreat from the challenges, but a pathway through the hard work of building something (kin-dom, life, community). God makes all things new. (John 12:20-29)
March 28 (Palm Sunday)
Through Palms and Passion - (Mark 11, 14-15)