Sunday Title: Authority Sunday
Sermon Title: Mind Tricks
Genesis 3:8-15 "Who told you that you were naked?
Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?"
Psalm 130 If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand?
2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1 we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and will bring us with you into his presence. Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.
Mark 3:20-35 "Who are my mother and my brothers?" And looking at those who sat around him, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother."
All may make the sign of the cross in remembrance of baptism
as the presiding minister begins:
P: In the Name of the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit.
P: If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, who could stand?
(pause for self-examination)
P: Lord God,
C: We fear your presence.
We hide from you with useless rationalizations;
masks inside our minds, distorted intentions,
avoiding the close relationship you desire,
We dodge responsibility for our actions.
We blame, trick, conspire.
We can recognize power
but we do not value authority.
We make adversaries, and keep grudges.
We call evil, good; when it suits our purpose,
and when it does not suit, then good is evil.
Still we can not tell these two apart.
And we tolerate only the tolerant.
Who would befriend us?
P: With the Lord there is steadfast love and great power to redeem.
C: Forgive us the sins we name.
Save us from the sins we hide. (pause for self-examination)
P: Because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and will bring us into his presence, we may know God’s steadfast love. For Christ’s sake our sins are forgiven. Through the Holy Spirit we may extend this grace to more and more people, and our thanksgiving may increase; to the glory of the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit.
C: Amen. -wjw
P: The peace of the Lord be with you always!
C: And also with you!