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Worship 2020

April 5, 2020 – Palm Sunday – Make the Next Move

Mark 11:1-11 – Triumphal entryMark 14:3-9 – Woman anoints Jesus at Bethany Something interesting happens in these passages. There’s acombination of audacity and direction that occurs. Before Jesus entersJerusalem, he sends the disciples in to get the donkey. The arrangementshave already been made. They are just to go and pick up the rental donkeyfor Jesus…

March 29, 2020 – The Fifth Sunday of Lent – Before it Collapses

Mark 13:1-8, 24-37            Coming out of the temple, the disciples are impressed by the size of the stones. They are impressed by the size of the buildings. Jesus is less than impressed. Jesus promises that one day, stone will not stay upon stone. That disturbs Peter, James, John, and Andrew. They want to know…

March 22, 2020 – The Fourth Sunday in Lent – It’ll be on the Test

Mark 12:28-44              This passage comes after 2 passages about Pharisees and Sadducees asking their pet questions to Jesus (Render unto Caesar and Resurrection). Following his answers, this scribe comes with his question. Like the two prior questions, it is a sort of test. What the scribe has in mind exactly, we don’t know.            Regardless of the scribe’s motivation, Jesus has…

March 15, 2020 – The Third Sunday in Lent – When He’s talking about Us

Mark 12:1-12 [13-17] Parable of the wicked tenants; paying taxes to Caesar           There is a power in this parable. That’s the whole point of parables. There’s a message that we can hear, or many messages that we can hear without being told straight out that we’re being idiots.           We hold onto the idea that we understand who is the cornerstone…

March 1, 2020 – The First Sunday in Lent – Setting Out

Mark 10:17-31 Rich man is called to sell all he has and follow Jesus. We had technical difficulties this Sunday. The sermon text is below.           As they journey towards Jerusalem, the disciples and Jesus have this encounter. It is an encounter that we have probably heard preached on a number of times over the years. And it is a passage that…

March 8, 2020 – The Second Sunday in Lent – How Can I Help You?

Mark 10:32-52 Passion prediction, Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, heals blind Bartimaeus.   I don’t know if James and John understand what they’re asking here. I do know that we are the ones who reap what they have sown. We are the ones who both benefit from and have to live into their brashness. Can you…

February 16, 2020 – The Sixth Sunday After Epiphany – Inside Out

Mark 7:1-23 What defiles one comes from within           There’s a lot going on here, and we need to be careful not to make this about all the ways that the Jews are unfaithful. As so often happens, people in the crowd are looking to defame the followers of Christ, and therefore Christ. They want to know why the disciples don’t wash…

February 9, 2020 – The Fifth Sunday After Epiphany – Unprepared

Mark 6:1-29 Jesus rejected at Nazareth; sending of the Twelve; death of John the Baptist. Jesus is the only one who knows what’s going on in this passage. It’s a long chunk of text, and not quite chronological, but Jesus is the only one who seems to have a grip on what’s going on.                     In the synagogue on the Sabbath, in…