Scriptures: Genesis 2:4b-17; Mark 2:23-3:6 NRSV Preaching: Pastor Steve Knudson Sermon: "Replanted for Healing and Renewal" Jesus plants a tree that reveals the true purpose of Sabbath for healing and renewal Deuteronomy makes clear that sabbath-keeping is meant for the welfare of all. God delivered the Israelites out of slavery, so they should observe this freedom with a day of rest. No one should work seven days a week; even slaves and foreigners should be able to rest. Yet human beings can turn even the most liberating religious practice into a life-destroying rule. Jesus does not reject sabbath-keeping, but defends its original life-enhancing meaning. Our worship and our religious way of life are to lead to restoration: the hungry being fed and the sick being healed.
Sign ups and Announcements:
VBS 2021 Sign-up is OPEN! Campfire Kickoff! We will kick-off the week with an in-person family picnic and campfire sing-along on Sunday, June 27, 5-7 p.m. at Indian Creek Nature Center. At the kick-off event, your family can pick up their AHOY! Box. Details and sign-up here.
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Current Worship Series:
As summer begins, we live in a time of replanting of trees and shrubs replacing what was lost in a storm. We travel with Jesus in the early chapters of Mark, and Jesus plants the seedlings of the church.
In Jesus, God plants the Kingdom of God, and we see the shape of God’s tree of life: Jesus welcomes sinners, he offers healing, the kingdom of God grows gradually from the smallest of seedlings, he calms the storm, and he offers the steadfast love of God.