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getting out the WORD - the sunday of the passion
Written by Pastor Bob   
Wednesday, 28 March 2018 19:14

the PRAYER...
Everlasting God, in your endless love for the human race you sent our Lord Jesus Christ to take on our nature and to suffer death on the cross. In your mercy enable us to share in his obedience to your will and in the glorious victory of his resurrection, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

the READING...
Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields.

Mark 11:1-11

the DEVOTION...
If it was up to Luke, he, simply, would have called it "Garment Sunday," because that's what the disciples spread on the road in front of Jesus, last Sunday. For Matthew and Mark, it might have been "Garment-and-Branches Sunday!" Only John talks about "branches of palm!" What does all that mean... if anything? I don't know! After all, it's not what's on the road that matters; it's the road itself! Especially where it leads...

This one takes us to Jerusalem! To the Temple! To the upper room! To Gethsemane! To the high priest! To the governor! To the purple cloak and the crown of thorns! It takes us through the streets, up the hill, to the cross! To the grave! And finally, to death itself! And it, really, doesn't matter if it was covered with garments or branches or palms! What's important is that the gate is narrow, the way hard, found by few. But this road alone is the way that leads to life!

Bob Barndt, pastor

 
getting out the WORD - the fifth sunday in lent
Written by Pastor Bob   
Thursday, 22 March 2018 10:51

the PRAYER...
O God, with steadfast love you draw us to yourself, and in mercy you receive our prayers. Strengthen us to bring forth the fruits of the Spirit, that through life and death we may live in your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

the READING...
Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, "Sir, we wish to see Jesus."

John 12:20-33

the DEVOTION...
This time, every third year, we hear the request. Some Greeks go up to worship, they come to Philip, and they say, "Sir, we wish to see Jesus." And in the past, it, always, seemed like such a simple thing. After all, theoretically, that's what sermons and sacraments are for... to show Jesus to the people! That, hypothetically, is why there'd a church, to begin with... to be the Jesus people can see and hear and touch!

But this year, it dawned on me how truly difficult it really is! As god's people, we spend so much time talking about other things. Reading the bible! Saying prayers! Singing songs! Discussing the latest fads and cutting-edge programs! So much so that we never get around to being the love that ransoms and redeems, to becoming the forgiveness that delivers and saves! To being and becoming Jesus! No, instead of trying to figure out what "they" want, what people need, maybe we, simply, need to listen to them! "Sir... Ma'am... will you just show us Jesus? Please?"

Bob Barndt, pastor

 
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