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SERMON SUMMARY: 

If someone were making up a religion, you would think that the founding stories would be about their successes. You would think that they would tell stories of how brave and bold they were. But Mark’s gospel defies these expectations.  This week’s passage presents us with fickle disciples and a depressed Jesus. Why would they include such an account, and what might it tell us about the uniqueness of the Christian message? Come Sunday as we find out.

 

 

REFLECTIONS:

Up on a mountain our Lord is alone
Without a family friends or a home
He cries ooh ooh ooh
Will you stay with me?
He cries oh oh oh
Will you wait with me?

Up on a mountain our Lord is afraid
Carrying all the mistakes we have made
And he knew..ooh..ooh
It’s a long way down
Do you know..oh..oh?
It’s a long way down

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SCRIPTURE:

Psalm 86:1-7

Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me,

for I am poor and needy.

2 Preserve my life, for I am godly;

save your servant, who trusts in you—you are my God.

3 Be gracious to me, O Lord,

for to you do I cry all the day.

4 Gladden the soul of your servant,

for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.

5 For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,

abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.

6 Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer;

listen to my plea for grace.

7 In the day of my trouble I call upon you,

for you answer me.

 

Mark 14:32-52

32 And they went to a place called Gethsemane. And he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33 And he took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be greatly distressed and troubled. 34 And he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death. Remain here and watch.” 35 And going a little farther, he fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. 36 And he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” 37 And he came and found them sleeping, and he said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Could you not watch one hour? 38 Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 39 And again he went away and prayed, saying the same words. 40 And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy, and they did not know what to answer him. 41 And he came the third time and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? It is enough; the hour has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 42 Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.”

43 And immediately, while he was still speaking, Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders. 44 Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man. Seize him and lead him away under guard.” 45 And when he came, he went up to him at once and said, “Rabbi!” And he kissed him. 46 And they laid hands on him and seized him. 47 But one of those who stood by drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his ear. 48 And Jesus said to them, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs to capture me? 49 Day after day I was with you in the temple teaching, and you did not seize me. But let the Scriptures be fulfilled.” 50 And they all left him and fled.

51 And a young man followed him, with nothing but a linen cloth about his body. And they seized him, 52 but he left the linen cloth and ran away naked.

 

 

CONFESSION OF SIN:

Lord, you said,
“If you love me, you will obey what I command.”

Forgive us for our lukewarm love and disobedience.

Lord, you said,
“You may ask for anything in my name.”

Forgive us for trying to solve our problems without you.

Lord, you said,
“Trust in me with all your heart.”

Forgive us for submitting to fear and anxiety.

Lord, you also said,
“My blood is poured out for the forgiveness of sins.”

Have mercy on us, Lord. We cling to the cross, trusting that you alone have the power to save. Amen.

 

 

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