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We like stories that resolve. We can close the book, put it on the shelf, and walk away.  But the story of Jesus doesn’t give us a lot of resolution. It doesn’t end with a cross but an empty grave and a risen Jesus. It doesn’t let us close the book and walk away. In Mark’s telling, it is not the end of the story, but merely the beginning. It invites us to find ourselves in the story, and contemplate it’s next chapter. For those who follow Jesus, it’s a journey into the unknown. Join us this Sunday as we wrap up our series on the Gospel of Mark.




The resurrection completes the inauguration of God’s kingdom. . . . It is the decisive event demonstrating that God’s kingdom really has been launched on earth as it is in heaven.

—N.T. Wright


The reality of naked trust is the life of a pilgrim who leaves what is nailed down, obvious, and secure, and walks into the unknown without any rational explanation to justify the decision or guarantee the future. Why? Because God has signaled the movement and offered it his presence and his promise.

—Brennan Manning



Psalm 16

Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.

2 I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;

I have no good apart from you.”

3 As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones,

in whom is all my delight.[b]

4 The sorrows of those who run after[c] another god shall multiply;

their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out

or take their names on my lips.

5 The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;

you hold my lot.

6 The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;

indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.

7 I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;

in the night also my heart instructs me.[d]

8 I have set the Lord always before me;

because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.

9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being[e] rejoices;

my flesh also dwells secure.

10 For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol,

or let your holy one see corruption.[f]

11 You make known to me the path of life;

in your presence there is fullness of joy;

at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.


Mark 15:39–16:8

39 And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he [that is Jesus] breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son[b] of God!”

40 There were also women looking on from a distance, among whom were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. 41 When he was in Galilee, they followed him and ministered to him, and there were also many other women who came up with him to Jerusalem.

42 And when evening had come, since it was the day of Preparation, that is, the day before the Sabbath, 43 Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 44 Pilate was surprised to hear that he should have already died.[c] And summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he was already dead. 45 And when he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the corpse to Joseph. 46 And Joseph[d] bought a linen shroud, and taking him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud and laid him in a tomb that had been cut out of the rock. And he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb. 47 Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where he was laid.

16 When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. 2 And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. 3 And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” 4 And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back—it was very large. 5 And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed. 6 And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him. 7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.” 8 And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.




Almighty God, you have raised Jesus from death to life
and crowned him Lord of all.

We confess that we have not acknowledged his authority.
We have refused your salvation by attempting to be saviors.
We have boasted in our own achievements.

(silent confession)

Forgive us and raise us from sin, that we may be your faithful people, following our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.




Christ has died, Christ is risen, Alleluia!

Love Divine, victorious.
Risen Life, all glorious.
One with the Father, one with us.

No more need we fear the grave.
Someday soon you’ll wipe our tears away.
The night is breaking into day.

Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.

Sin and death you overthrew.
Risen One make all that’s sad come untrue.
Son of God make all things new.

Love divine, victorious.
Risen savior, glorious.
King of kings reign over us.

Christus Victor!

Christ has died, victorious.
Christ is risen, glorious.
Christ will come again for us.
Love divine, victorious.
Risen savior, glorious.
King of kings reign over us.

Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.

from Love Divine, Victorious, released February 11, 2015
by Karl Digerness; arr Minna Choi
© 2013 Karl Digerness Music
all rights reserved