Sermon Title: “Ready for Anything”
Scripture: Mark 1:9-15
In this story of preparation for Jesus for his public ministry, after his baptism by John, (even though he did not have any sins to be forgiven), he is thrust into the wilderness. He was tempted by Satan, tormented by hunger, and alone with the wild beasts. This was preparation, so he could be ready for anything.
Just like Jesus was driven out into the wilderness by the Spirit, we too can end up in the wilderness even though we don’t choose it. It can happen at any time, at the end of a relationship, loss of job or home, or illness.
What we need to remember is that the God who was with Jesus in wilderness, is also with us through it all. We need to prepare ourselves by having a right relationship with God by getting ready. Through repentance and receiving Christ in our hearts. Resources from Annual Manual.
Join us at St. James UCC for this 1st Sunday in Lent with sharing in the Sacrament of Holy Communion and a service of healing n’ blessing.
Thought for the Week: You are light in the Lord. Live as children of light. Ephesians 5:8.
Let us pray: We give you thanks God, for our freedom to choose where and whom we will worship. We give you thanks for our ancestors in the faith, the sacrifices they made and the troubles they endured. May we too pave the way for those who follow us. Touch all those who need to healed by your graces. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.