Engaging Scripture Today

In the 13th chapter of the Gospel according to Mark, Jesus speaks about his second coming in power and glory to end all suffering.

Read Mark 13:24-37, here Jesus speaks of an eclipse, earthquakes, and hurricanes. Feels like the end. How are  you called to be an “awakened” witness to Christ’s coming?

Worship Theme for Sunday, December 3

From the church’s perspective this Sunday marks the beginning of a new year and a new season.. This church season is called “advent”. In Advent we are called to remember God’s promise.  A promise made by God that God is always at work in the world, bringing new beginnings and a new creation to people and powers who have long bent on destruction. Yet, because we live in the time that exists between the “already” of Christ’s resurrection and the “not yet” of God’s full restoration of the creation, we cannot know when that final day will arrive. So we watch with hopeful anticipation of the breaking in of God’s Kingdom.

Scripture lessons: Isaiah 64:1-9; Psalm 80:1-7,17-19; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13: 24-37.

Prayer of the Day: “Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come. By your merciful protection awaken us to the threatening dangers of our sins, and keep us blameless until the coming of your new day, for you live and reign with the Father  and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.” Amen