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In human beings, the emptiness and monotony of the isolated self produces a need for society. This brings people together, but their many offensive qualities and intolerable faults drive them apart again. The optimum distance that they finally find that permits them to coexist is embodied in politeness and good manners. Because of this distance between us, we can only partially satisfy our need for warmth, but at the same time, we are spared the stab of one another’s quills.

—Arthur Schopenhauer


For people who are passing through the dark night of the soul, turnaround will come because God brings unwavering lovers of Christ into their lives who do not give up on them.

–John Piper


Sermon Summary: The call to follow Christ is daunting on its own, but how are we to answer the call to follow Him in community? If the church might disappoint or fail us, why should we even try. Come and learn from Jesus’ life and teaching as we continue our sermon series in Mark.


Passage to Consider: Mark 6:1-7

He went away from there and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. And on the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get these things? What is the wisdom given to him? How are such mighty works done by his hands? Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. And Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor, except in his hometown and among his relatives and in his own household.” And he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them. And he marveled because of their unbelief. And he went about among the villages teaching.
And he called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits.


Confession of Sin: using the song “Lead us Back”

Falling down upon our knees Sharing now in common shame 
We have sought security Not the cross that bares Your name 
Fences guard our hearts and homes Comfort sings a siren tune 
We’re a valley of dry bones Lead us back to life in You

God of mercy, whose Son, Jesus Christ, longs to embrace us in his love,
we confess that we have disobeyed your commands and ignored your mission;
our ears have been deaf to your call and our hearts have been cold to your love.

Lord we fall upon our knees We have shunned the weak and poor Worshipped beauty courted kings And the things their gold affords Prayed for those we’d like to know Favor sings a siren tune 
We’ve become a talent show Lead us back to life in You

Father, we confess that we have hurt others and dishonored your name.
We have hoarded our gifts instead of using them to bless others.
We have failed to reflect your love to the watching world.

You have caused the blind to see We have blinded him again 
With our man-made laws and creeds Eager ready to condemn 
Now we plead before Your throne Power sings a siren tune 
We’ve been throwing heavy stones Lead us back to life in You

Lord, have mercy on us, and forgive us for our sins.
Receive us again as your children, not because we are worthy,
but for the sake of Christ who loved us and gave himself for us. Amen.

We’re a valley of dry bones Lead us back to life in You 
We’ve become a talent show Lead us back to life in You 
We’ve been throwing heavy stones Lead us back to life in You


Song to Consider

Our mouths they were filled, filled with laughter
Our tongues they were loosed, loosed with joy
Restore us, O Lord
Restore us, O Lord

Although we are weeping
Lord, help us keep sowing
The seeds of Your Kingdom
For the day You will reap them
Your sheaves we will carry
Lord, please do not tarry
All those who sow weeping will go out with songs of joy

The nations will say, “He has done great things!”
The nations will sing songs of joy
Restore us, O Lord
Restore us, O Lord