We come, because we seek our God. Every morning, every day, every evening, every moment, God is with us. We come, because we hunger for Christ. Jesus will feed us with hope, will replace our emptiness with grace. We come, because we thirst for the Spirit. Who fills our yearning for peace, who ends the drought of justice. Let us worship God this day.
Prayer of Confession
Almighty and merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you and each other by what we have done and by what we have left undone. By not loving you with our whole being, we have neglected our neighbors as well as ourselves. Help us turn our lives to you, that we might receive renewal of mind, body and spirit, we pray in Christ’s spirit. Accept this prayer that we offer together this morning, and hear our individual prayers which we offer in the silence of our hearts…
Gospel Lesson: Mark 1: 12-15 NRSV
And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him. Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”
New Testament Lesson: Hebrews 4: 14-16 NRSV
Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
- No. 457 – I Greet Thee, Who My Sure Redeemer Art
- No. 399 – We Walk by Faith and Not by Sight
- No. 276 – Great Is Thy Faithfulness
“Wilderness Time—a Time of Dependence” – Rev. Scott G. Loomer