Sunday series: 01/29/2012 (#175)
Where: Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church at 11am
“21 And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the sabbath day he entered into the synagogue, and taught. 22 And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes. 23 And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, 24 Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God. 25 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. 26 And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him. 27 And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him. 28 And immediately his fame spread abroad throughout all the region round about Galilee.” (Mark 1:21-28 KJV)
- very fitting to the way I feel as of late [regarding the Prayer of Confession]
“When you began to create, O God,
you separated the light from the darkness
and called it good.
We come to you this day,
praying that you might separate the darkness in which
we hide from the light to which you call us.
We want to be light, or at least we know deep inside
that you want us to be light.
Too often we live in darkness because it is easier,
even though we know it is not what you demand of us.
Create us again.
Start us over.
Separate us from that which keeps us
from living as you intend.
Hold us up to Christ the Light.”
- The beginning of Jesus’ ministry — Jesus commanding the unclean spirit to leave the body of a man in the temple [regarding Mark 1:21-28]
- none, too tired to think…