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For Sunday, March 4

Sermon Title:   “Cross Roads”

Scripture:    Mark 8:31-38

On this 2nd sunday in Lent, we read in the gospel of Mark about Jesus, not in  the wilderness, but still being tempted.  This time he is tempted by one of his disciples, that of Peter.  Even though the disciples walked with Jesus, they still did not understand when he talked about his death which was to come.

When Peter responds to Jesus’ teaching he rebukes Jesus.  Think about it, Peter believed that Jesus was the Messiah, the promised deliverer of God’s people, Israel.  How could He be talking about suffering and death, it didn’t make sense.  Now Jesus rebukes Peter, telling him “Get behind me, Satan!  For you are setting your mind not on divine things, but on human things.”

Just like the disciples, we all have a choice to make, are we going to be the kind of Christian Jesus wants us to be:    “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”    Today we stand at a crossroads – are you going to take the road leading to Christianity and choose to deny yourself, take up the cross and follow Jesus?   It is your decision! *Annual Manual and Christian Century

Thought for the Week:    GPS  –  God’s Positioning System  by Squire Rushnell in “When God Winks On New Beginnings”

Let us pray:    Merciful Savior, Jesus willingly yielded himself to the temptation and the blessing of the desert.  We sometimes experience desert as well.  Empower us, gracious God, to follow the example fo Jesus.  Remind us of our faithfulness in the wilderness.  Renew our hearts and minds.  In Jesus’ name, we pray.  Amen.

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Every week , there will be new posts: an online midweek message, Pastor Lorraine’s ramblings and a what’s happening at St. James (calendar of events).  The online midweek message includes the upcoming Sunday’s sermon title and theme; any special events that may be taking place; a one-to-two line quotation from the previous Sunday’s sermon; a thought for the week  as well as a brief prayer.