Worship at 9:30am, Spiritual Growth Minutes at 9:08am

June 14, 2015                                                                Pentecost 3

Welcome to all worshipers of Jesus! The Word of God to us this Sunday presents us with a powerful set of contrast. Satan and our sinful flesh are portrayed with all their destructive and damning fury. Ah, but how amazing our God is in his grace! That he could even want to save us is a miracle of the first rank; that he did save us and at such a price—again, who could believe it, were it not for the power of the Messenger in the message!

Order of Service: Service of the Word, page 38 in front of the hymnal

Opening Hymn- Jehovah, Let Me Now Adore You, #189

Prayer of the Day: O God, the strength of all who trust in you, mercifully hear our prayers. Be gracious to us in our weakness and give us strength to keep your commandments in all we say and do; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen (sung)

First Lesson- Genesis 3:8-15

Death, i.e., a damning separation from God, is what Satan brings into the world, when man through his own fault believes him instead of the kind and generous Creator. But what is God's response to the total wickedness of man? A promise! Only the Promised Seed saves; only the promise itself restores the fallen from unbelief and death to faith and life. And the cause of it all? Grace, pure grace, nothing but grace.

Psalm of the Day Psalm 51a, page 48 in front of the blue supplement

Second Lesson- 2 Corinthians 4:13-18

Even after the mighty Word of grace has created faith, we still live in the world and with sinful flesh; both bear witness to the destructive power of Satan and sin. In all the consequent afflictions what then should be our strength and stay? What else but the promise! Appearing in this world like Christ, despised and defeated, we nevertheless by the power of the promise are preserved and will at last rise with him in glory.

Gospel Lesson- Mark 3:20-35

Jesus Christ alone is Savior. However, people we might most expect to know that and believe often fall short of expectations. His own earthly family had misgivings about his work, and the religious leaders actively opposed him. To this day many fail to understand him and some even consider him in a league with the devil. But behold his grace! He stayed to save. He continues with his Word to draw a family to himself. Notice the singular nouns in verse 35: By grace and by the Word of promise it is as though I were his only brother, sister, or mother. So total is the redemption; so intimate is the connection.

Hymn of the Day- Let Me Be Yours Forever, #596

Sermon- Based on Mark 3:20-35

Christ Brings Us into His Spiritual Family

Hymn- Christ Is the World's Light, #343

Closing Hymn- Go, My Children, with My Blessing, #332