Sunday, February 8, 2015 Right after Church
The High School Youth Group
Will provide a free-will lunch.
All are invited.
Lem’s Sermon Notes
Feb 1 Epiphany 4B
Jesus – Power Over Evil
You might want to read the text for this next Sunday (Mark 1:21-28) before you read my notes.
Are you ready?
Interesting, isn’t it? Scary isn’t it?
The text describes a scene where Jesus is teaching – possibly in a synagogue. There is no mention of what scripture he is commenting on, but the author notes he has everyone’s undivided attention be his speech delivery is not like the other “teachers of the law”.”
The difference, the writer claims, is Jesus taught with ‘authority.’ So… what does that mean?
Most Bible scholars point to verses 23-28 as the writer’s attempt to answer that question. Those next verses contain an account of Jesus commanding (with authority) a demon or ‘evil spirit’ to leave a possessed man. The writer describes a very dramatic scene of the demon screaming out in protest as it relents to Jesus’ authority. So the writer is claiming that Jesus’ authority is so strong, even the devil cannot ignore it.
Scary stuff!! Echoes of the movie Ghost Busters are everywhere.
I guess the real question is, can we, in the modern age take such a scripture text seriously?
Many people today even claim evil spirits do not exist except in the vivid imaginations of superstitious people. To them, such ‘stories’ as contained in this Sunday’s text are fiction.
To me, this text is intended, by the writer, to introduce Jesus as an important authoritative teacher. The authority Jesus has, according to the writer, is not the kind of authority given by people, but a divine authority. It is an authority given by God the Creator of all things. The God that made order in the universe. The God which makes all things right.
Sermons for the Next Four Sundays
Feb 8 Jesus’ Healing Presence Mark 1:29-39 Epiphany 5B
Feb 15 Transfigured Reality Mark 9:2-10 Epiphany 6B
Feb 18 The Giving Matthew 6:1-21 Ash Wednesday
Feb 22 Help!!! Psalm 25 Lent 1B
Mar 1 A Way to Pray Psalms 22 Lent 2B
Chi Rho Retreat happens February 13-15, and the registration date of Feb. 5 is coming right up! Your middle school and junior high youth will be challenged to grow in faith and love. Sue Bishop of Great Bend FCC is the leader.
TRINITY LEARNING CENTER PRESCHOOL
TLC will also start taking enrollment on January 1, 2015 for the 2015-2016 school year. Please call Becca Burdick and leave a brief message. Space is limited. No enrollment will be taken before January 1st.
The mission of TUCC is:
To proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ; To provide opportunities for: worship, prayer and praise of God, Christ and the Holy Spirit - open communion with the community of believers - study of God's word and growth in Christian education for all ages - fellowship within the congregation to strengthen communication, friendship and unity of membership; To reach out to others through prayer, financial support, action and service within the church family, in the community of Cheney, and beyond the local church into the region and conference, nation and all of God's world; To continue witnessing a nurturing partnership between DOC and UCC within the local church and through support of and involvement in both denominations in all levels and areas of concern.