Sunday, February 28, 2016

Rejected Stone

Robertson-Wesley cornerstone (photo: Jim Allan) and “Loaves and Fishes Window” (photo: Albert deVos). Psalm 118:22.

Psalm 86:8–13 You have delivered my soul

Mark 12:1–17 Parable of the wicked tenants

This one who speaks with authority to the authorities: he is either a fool or just what we have been waiting for. The rejected stone becomes the cornerstone. It remains a mystery, how the world can reject the Christ. But not the whole world: even more wondrously, there are those who embrace the Christ, who become the Church, who live Divine wisdom and power—who marvel in the Lord’s doing!

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Healing Spiritual Blindness

Picture created by the children of Robertson-Wesley, Jan 2016

Mark 10:32-52 . Bartimaeus Healed

The disciples are suffering from spiritual blindness. James and John dream of power and position and thus ask Jesus to grant them something that they want, which is not his to grant. These disciples have been blinded by their leadership like so many of us in the world. Jesus teaches us about servant leadership and teaches the disciples that he is not here to be served, but rather to serve. How will we embrace our call to servant leadership and be cured of our spiritual blindness and the lure of success?

This was a Whole Family Worship and therefore there was no formal sermon.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Check your attitude

  • Mark 10:17-31 Rich man is called to sell all he has and follow Jesus.
The season of Lent is about discernment. It is about moving into the desert or wilderness and testing ourselves. We need to ask ourselves: What is it that we seek and why? Sometimes we get a bit lost in the wilderness, we lose sight of the end game like the Rich man who asks Jesus, "What must I do to inherit eternal life?" Sometimes we need to check our attitude and reflect on whether we are doing things for the right reason or the wrong reason. Are we doing something to seek reward? We will explore Jesus's proclamation that the first shall be last and the last shall be first.

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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Reality Check

Mark 8:27- 9:8  Peter's confession, passion prediction, bearing the cross, transfiguration

It is very easy to glorify the power of God, and to place our own ideas and expectation on the Divine. Like most humans, Peter, is fearful and uneasy about Jesus' words proclaiming doom and gloom and goes so far as to rebuke Jesus. Jesus asks, "Who do you say that I am?" as a way of opening up discussion and helping followers to do a reality check. Jesus challenges us to become more self-aware, so that we can see the truth and prepare for the reality of the coming of the Messiah.
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