Fourth Sunday after Pentecost Sermon
June 16, 2024, 2:57 PM

Happy Fathering Sunday!

Our worship began with the reminder that our faith and relationships come from God and not our desires, yet our responsibility in relationship with God is to be just and merciful. Our lesson from first Samuel is the story of Saul’s fall from God’s grace and the election of David as Saul’s successor. The Psalmist offered guidance to remind us to be faithful in prayer for all and to remember that our success is based on God’s mercy not on our perfection. Our Epistle from Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians tells us that, when we were in Christ and doing God’s work, we become a new creation. The gospel from Mark recounts two parables about seeds and growing. What these lessons provide is insight into the life we live, not a perfect life but one trusting in God’s promises and grace. We must share our understanding and invite others to enlighten us as to how they see God at work in their lives. Our understanding is not finite, but is living in relationship with God in Christ.

I invite your comments and likes,

Readings: 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13; Psalm 20; 2 Corinthians 5:6-17; Mark 4:26-34

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