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SERMON SUMMARY: In a culture dominated with soundbites, instant cocoa, and same day delivery, we can find it difficult to wait. We are impatient with the longer, slower, but complete results of writing, training for a marathon, or cooking from scratch. How does this desire for instant gratification play into our relationship with Jesus. Come this Sunday to find out as we continue our series in Mark.

 

REFLECTIONS:

A true genius admits that he knows nothing.

― Albert Einstein

 

I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.

― Abraham Lincoln

 

Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond understanding!

—Romans 11:33

 

For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

—1 Corinthians 13:12

 

SCRIPTURE:

Isaiah 35

The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad;

   the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus;

2 it shall blossom abundantly

   and rejoice with joy and singing.

The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it,

   the majesty of Carmel and Sharon.

They shall see the glory of the Lord,

   the majesty of our God.

3 Strengthen the weak hands,

   and make firm the feeble knees.

4 Say to those who have an anxious heart,

   “Be strong; fear not!

Behold, your God

   will come with vengeance,

with the recompense of God.

   He will come and save you.”

5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,

   and the ears of the deaf unstopped;

6 then shall the lame man leap like a deer,

   and the tongue of the mute sing for joy.

For waters break forth in the wilderness,

   and streams in the desert;

7 the burning sand shall become a pool,

   and the thirsty ground springs of water;

in the haunt of jackals, where they lie down,

   the grass shall become reeds and rushes.

8 And a highway shall be there,

   and it shall be called the Way of Holiness;

the unclean shall not pass over it.

   It shall belong to those who walk on the way;

   even if they are fools, they shall not go astray.[a]

9 No lion shall be there,

   nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it;

they shall not be found there,

   but the redeemed shall walk there.

10 And the ransomed of the Lord shall return

   and come to Zion with singing;

everlasting joy shall be upon their heads;

   they shall obtain gladness and joy,

   and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

 

Mark 8:22–26

22 And they came to Bethsaida. And some people brought to him a blind man and begged him to touch him. 23 And he took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village, and when he had spit on his eyes and laid his hands on him, he asked him, “Do you see anything?” 24 And he looked up and said, “I see people, but they look like trees, walking.” 25 Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he opened his eyes, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. 26 And he sent him to his home, saying, “Do not even enter the village.”

 

 

CONFESSION OF SIN:

Our Father,

Forgive us for thinking small thoughts of you

and for ignoring your immensity and greatness.

Lord Jesus,

Forgive us when we forget that you rule

the nations and our small lives.

Holy Spirit,

Forgive us for minimizing your power

and squandering your gifts.

 

Triune God, We confess that our blindness to your glory has resulted in shallow confession, tepid conviction, and only mild repentance.

 

Have mercy upon us;

in Jesus’ name, amen.