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History tells us that when forced to choose between liberty and order, humans choose order. When faced with danger, we want a Strongman to crush our enemies and make us feel safe. Was the Christ simply a Strongman? Did he come to rescue the nation of Israel from Roman occupation and sit on the throne as King of Israel? Or was his mission greater than that? What does it mean for us? Join us this Sunday as we continue our sermon series from the Gospel of Mark.



Christ was anointed, so that he might be our king, teacher, and priest for ever.  He will govern us, lest we lack any good thing or be oppressed by any ill; he will teach us the whole truth; and he will reconcile us to the Father eternally.

—Martin Bucer


As you get older it is harder to have heroes, but it is sort of necessary.

—Ernest Hemingway


I need a hero

I’m holding out for a hero ’til the morning light

He’s gotta be sure

And it’s gotta be soon

And he’s gotta be larger than life

I need a hero

—Bonnie Tyler



Psalm 110

The Lord says to my Lord:

   “Sit at my right hand,

until I make your enemies your footstool.”


2 The Lord sends forth from Zion

   your mighty scepter.

   Rule in the midst of your enemies!

3 Your people will offer themselves freely

   on the day of your power,

   in holy garments;

from the womb of the morning,

   the dew of your youth will be yours.

4 The Lord has sworn

   and will not change his mind,

“You are a priest forever

   after the order of Melchizedek.”


5 The Lord is at your right hand;

   he will shatter kings on the day of his wrath.

6 He will execute judgment among the nations,

   filling them with corpses;

he will shatter chiefs

   over the wide earth.

7 He will drink from the brook by the way;

   therefore he will lift up his head.



Mark 12:35–37

35 And as Jesus taught in the temple, he said, “How can the scribes say that the Christ is the son of David? 36 David himself, in the Holy Spirit, declared,

“‘The Lord said to my Lord,

“Sit at my right hand,

   until I put your enemies under your feet.”’

37 David himself calls him Lord. So how is he his son?” And the great throng heard him gladly.




Most merciful God,
our Father of grace,
we confess we have sinned,
we have walked our own way.
Our love has been fickle,
our hearts they have strayed.
So, Lord, in your mercy,
forgive us we pray.
Restore us,
change us.
Lord, lead us on.
That we may do justly,
forever love mercy,
together walk humbly
with you.