Third Sunday after Pentecost Sermon
June 9, 2024, 1:00 PM

Our worship began with the reminder that all good things come from God, and that remembering that is important in helping us do right and merciful. Our lesson from first Samuel is the story of Israel’s rejection of God’s leadership in favor of having a king appointed (who ultimately would not be the best leader). It is a story of Israel’s loss of faith in God’s promise. The Psalmist sang a song to remind us that God deserves thanks because God is good and treats us well. Our Epistle from Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians reminds encourages us to believe what was spoken by Jesus’ followers because they were with Jesus and heard his truth and promises. The gospel from Mark recounts two times when Jesus was either trying to overwork or was misunderstood as being the devil or of the devil. Our life of faith depends on experience, not simply our experience. We need to remember that God’s promises are not simply something in the past but something that is reaffirmed day-by-day.

I invite your comments,

Readings: 1 Samuel 8:4-20, 11:14-15; Psalm 138; 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1; Mark 3:20-35

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