February 22, 2015 – In the wilderness

Mark 1:9-15 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.” And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him. Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.” *** Lent 1 February 22, 2015   (Ps 25, Genesis 9:8-17, 1 Peter 3:18-22) Mark 1:9-15 In the wilderness **************** Jesus goes to the edge of the wilderness to be baptized in the Jordan by John – the Baptizer who is identified, remember, through a quote from the prophet Isaiah, as “the voice of one crying out in the wilderness…” And as he comes up out of the wilderness waters Jesus sees the heavens torn apart and a voice from on high says, “You are my Son, my beloved – with you I am well pleased.” If we weren’t snowed out last Sunday we’d of heard the voice of God saying again, “This is my Son, the beloved – Listen to him!” God speaking from the mountain of transfiguration, half way through Mark’s gospel. But here, back in the beginning of the gospel, now the Spirit immediately drives Jesus into the wilderness. Consider – the same Holy Spirit that falls afresh on Jesus – now drives him into the wilderness – where he resides forty days, tempted or tested (same word in Greek) by Satan. And Jesus is with the wild beasts – and angels wait on him… Each gospel tells the Jesus story in it’s own way. Matthew and Luke in their telling of the wilderness testing story say Jesus fasted the whole forty days and experienced three temptations from Satan. Matthew spends eleven verses telling the story, Luke spends thirteen. But St Mark, most succinct of gospel writers, takes only two short verses to tell the whole wilderness story, omitting all specifics of the testings and never mentioning fasting… Yet Mark adds one detail that neither Matthew nor Luke includes – telling us that Jesus was with the wild animals in the wilderness…. (St Matthew also mentions angels waiting on Jesus, but in Matthew the angels don’t show up til all temptations are finished. And –) Only in Mark do we hear of Jesus being with the wild beasts and only in Mark do the angels appear to be there all along, waiting on Jesus – along with the wild beasts – and oh yes, Satan’s there too – along with of course the Holy Spirit of God – all together in the wilderness… Which is how I remember my wilderness days. I’m really not sure when it was the Spirit driving me out into the wilderness, and when it was just my heart longing for wilderness time… But for many years I’ve sought wilderness… Which...

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Week of February 22, 2015- Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, Feb. 22nd: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School 12:00 PM Book Group (see below) Monday, Feb. 23rd: 9:00 AM DCOM 7:00 PM Saints and Singers Chorus Wednesday, Feb. 25th: 10:00 AM Bourne Women’s Club Board Thursday, Feb. 26th: 1:00 PM Bible Study @ Bourne Sunday, March 1st: 11:00 AM Worship & Church School 12:00 PM Book Group (see below) MARCH NEWSLETTER DEADLINE is this Tuesday, February 24th. Please have any articles you would like included in the March Newsletter into the church office by 9am on Tuesday. Thank you! Practicing the Presence of God — We’ll practice and share our notes in a small group, meeting after church in the Perry Room (BUMC), Sundays Feb 22, March 1, March 15, March 22. We’ll discuss the very short book, The Practice of The Presence of God and our own practice. For a free copy of the book please speak with Tim. (Or call 508 563 9215) Soup Supper/Movie Night at West Falmouth United Methodist Church TODAY 2/22 at 5 pm. The movie The Perfect Stranger will be shown and a light supper served. Free, reservations requested but come if you can. RSVP and/or more info: 508-548-0011. World Day of Prayer will be celebrated on March 6th at St John the Evangelist church in Pocasset at 1 pm. SOUP SUNDAY – POSTPONED TO 3/22: Mark your calendars! This year, Soup Sunday will be Sunday, March 22nd. We hope that people will be able to contribute their wonderful homemade soups. There will be more info as the date gets closer, so please watch the weekly announcements. Upper Cape Chaplaincy (UCC) invites us to designate one our members to serve on their Board. They are looking people with a heart for hospital and nursing home chaplaincy who will pray for UCC’s mission and flourishing. Board meets second Tuesday of month at Falmouth Congregational Church at 5:15 pm, usually till 6:30 or 7pm. We have several fundraisers a year. Please speak with Tim if interested. ALTAR FLOWERS NEEDED: A new flower chart for 2015 has been posted outside the sanctuary. Please sign up! LITURGISTS NEEDED: Please sign up!  ...

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