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Feb 19th, 2018 by Rev. David Boyd

Reflection: February 18 — LENT 1

         In the February 16th Daily Devotional that I receive from The United Church of Christ, our sister denomination in the US, Anthony Robinson wrote about asking for help. When he was younger, he asked his professor at Union Seminary in New York about what the difference was between predominantly black and predominantly white congregations. Jim Forbes was the professor; he went on to the be the minister at Riverside Church in New York, the largest liberal protestant church in the US. Jim, who is an African-American, said to Tony, “In predominantly Caucasian congregations, people believe God needs them; in predominantly African-American churches, people understand that they need God.” [1]  It’s a generalization, of course, but it raises an interesting question about temptation.

         Which brings us to Mark the gospel-writer and today’s story. Mark’s gospel is thought to be the earliest gospel we have. Paul, who started churches in Asia Minor around the Mediterranean, wrote in the 50’s, a mere 20 years after Jesus’ death and resurrection, but Mark’s gospel is another 15-20 years later. It is brief and to the point; no flowery language or speech. Kind of like Ernest Hemingway.

Mark didn’t have a birth story—doesn’t need it. Even his resurrection depiction of Jesus ended, in the original gospel, with the women running away from the empty »»

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Prayers of the People: February 18

Let us quiet our minds and open our hearts as we pray for those in the world and in our community. When you hear the phrase, “Oh Holy One” please respond with  “hear our prayers.” »»

For the Week of February 18

1st Sunday of Lent


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Prayers of the People: January 28

 God of Light, teach us to be followers of your law, despite our human fallibility. Help us to trust in you and in the love you would have for us, and to understand that your law is dependent on us needing one another and that no one is any less important. So, when you hear the words, God of the Divine Light, please respond with “Hear our Prayers.” »»

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