Surprise!

April 4, 2021
Unless something has been lost, this is the original ending of Mark’s gospel.  Why did he end with the women confused and terrified.  To me this is probably the best…

The Passion in Mark

March 28, 2021
The Passion from the Gospel of Mark.ConfessionLord God, You came to Jerusalem and the crowds rejoiced.  We too rejoice with You when times seem easy.  Then when times grow difficult,…

Death Into Life

March 21, 2021
John tells us that some Greeks wanted to meet Jesus.  After gaining an audience Jesus begins to speak about his death, and how it is necessary to die in order…

God’s Healing Gifts

March 14, 2021
John speaks of Jesus giving us healing from sin and disobedience.  Numbers speaks of physical healing from a curse brought on by sinfulness.  In both cases healing from sinfulness is…

Zeal or Wisdom

March 7, 2021
In the gospel reading Jesus literally upsets the conventional way of worshiping to make a point about keeping God in the foreground.  This reminds the disciples of Psalm 69:9 that…

Preparations

February 21, 2021
In the gospel lesson, we learn that Jesus faced temptations as we do, but was able to resist them with scriptures.   The psalmist recognizes his own sinfulness but reminds himself…

Ash Wednesday

February 17, 2021
Prayer of Releasing Holy God.  We place ourselves in Your presence and rest in the promise of Your Grace.  Our minds and our spirits are cluttered with many thoughts and…