Jesus’ work as the Second Person of the Holy Trinity is that of redemption. That work includes the forgiving of sins. Jesus forgives the sins of repentant people. He forgives because of his love of us. He needs no other motivation or help in his redemptive work. We truly have a loving God and a loving and forgiving Savior. Thanks be to God!
The Processional Hymn for this Sunday is “Before You, Lord, We Bow.” (Those of you who are subscribers to my blog will need to click on the title to be taken to the website where you can see and hear the YouTube videos of these hymns.)
The Prayer of the Day prays: “Almighty and eternal God, Your Son Jesus triumphed over the prince of demons and freed us from bondage to sin. Help us to stand firm against every assault of Satan, and enable us always to do Your will; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.Amen.”
This week’s First Lesson is Genesis 3:8-15 — the immediate aftermath of the Fall. When the man and the woman hear the sound of the Lord God walking in the cool of the day, they hid themselves from His presence because they knew they had done the one thing He told them not to do. Once in front of God, the man blamed the woman … and the woman blamed the serpent. Because of their sin, Adam and Eve were driven from the Garden, where they would come to know hard work and the pain of childbirth. But in that moment, God also gave the first promise of a Redeemer: as He spoke to the Serpent, God promised that a descendant of Adam and Eve be born as a deliverer.
The Second Lesson is 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1 — “We do not lose heart. Though our outer nature is wasting away … this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”
The Holy Gospel is Mark 3:20-35 — Jesus family thought He was crazy and the religious leaders thought He was possessed by Beelzebul — the Devil. Jesus reminds the gathered crowds that “A house divided against itself cannot stand” (and so of course He is not possessed by Satan!) and that the one who does the will of God is a member of Jesus’ close, immediate family. “Whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother.”
The Hymn of the Day is “Come, Oh Come, O Quickening Spirit”
The Distribution Hymn is “Your Kingdom Come, O Father.” I can’t find it anywhere on YouTube. But I could find our second distribution hymn: Lord Jesus Christ, We Humbly Pray:
The Recessional Hymn is “O Happy Day When We Shall Stand.”
I hope to see you at worship.