Scriptures: Genesis 8:1-3a, 6-11, 13-18, Mark 4:35-41 NRSV Preaching: Pastor Craig Brown Sermon: "The Tree that Withstands All Storms" Trees are mentioned in the Bible more than any living thing other than God and people and have long since stood as a symbol of strength and determination. In the same way that Noah looks to a tree branch as a messenger that things are now safe, life does continue on past the storm, and there is hope; we now look to Christ for those very same things. He is our tree of life and living hope. In Christ, God plants a tree of God’s promise that can withstand any storm.
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.