(Scripture notes from Season of the Spirit and Pulpit Resource)
The first lesson is from 1 Samuel 3:1–10, (11–20) . When God calls to Samuel, he and Eli both fail to understand that it is God calling. Through the wise mentoring of Eli, Samuel was able to respond to God, a response that resulted not only in change for Samuel and Eli but also for the whole of the people of Israel. Under the leadership of Samuel, Israel moves from a loose association of tribes to a unified nation under the leadership of a king. The guidance of Eli prepared the way for the young Samuel to hear the word of God for a new time and a new place. Encouraging Samuel to speak heralds a time of great change.
Mark 2:23—3:6 contrasts different ways of knowing and understanding God’s call on our lives. In response to Jesus’ actions on the Sabbath, the Pharisees rebuke Jesus for acting against the Law. Jesus challenges their narrow and restrictive understanding, calling the Pharisees to live by the heart and not by the letter of the Law. It is a call to love and compassion.
This morning we will be honoring our teachers and honoring those in our congregation who have graduated from high school, college, nursing, or technical school.
In Mark 3:20–35, Jesus challenges assumptions of how we are to relate to one another and to God, teaching that it is God who is ultimately at the head of all of our relationships. The Season after Pentecost is a time to reflect on God’s transforming presence, and our scriptures testify to a God who longs to lead us and all of creation into wholeness and peace. Yet it is not always easy to choose to follow God’s eading. In what areas of your life do you find God leading you, and when do you resist?
Our pastoral intern, Domenik Ackermann, will be leading us in worship this morning.
In the first lesson for this morning, from Ezekiel 17:22-24, God takes a small sprig and plants it on a high mountain. It will produce boughs, and in the shade of its branches birds will nest. In the Gospel lesson, from Mark 4:26-34, Jesus tells the parable of the Growing Seed and the Mustard Seed. He uses the example of small things flourishing into ample harvests and strong sheltering trees.
Our pastoral intern, Domenik Ackermann, will be leading us in worship this morning,
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During the Season after Pentecost, we learn of God’s deep desire for wholeness, justice, and peace in all creation. In 2 Corinthians 6:1–13, Paul teaches us to persevere in faith through times of trial and difficulty. When the disciples cry out to a sleeping Jesus, in Mark 4:35–41, during a storm, Jesus stuns them by bringing calm to the situation. We will be receiving new members this morning.