Good Afternoon Friends!
I almost forgot to send out my weekly preparatory email to all of you!
I trust your week is going well? And I hope those of you who have been feeling under the weather are beginning to recover. (If only we could pipe in a little sunshine from Southern California for a few days I think that might help!).
This Sunday is the first Sunday of Lent, we had a great meditation around Ash Wednesday last evening at Soup and Bread where we began discussing what Lent is and how it might help to direct our focus and go deeper into our spiritual lives. Lent is a time of self-examination, limitation, and intentionally creating space to listen to Christ and let the Gospel take root in us. Our focus over the next 6 weeks is going to be looking at what the Gospel is and what it does to us and our world. Hopefully these emails can help in your own reflection around these questions and experiences.
Here’s our passage for Sunday:
“In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”
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 is at hand; repent, and believe in the good news.”” (Mark 1:9–15)
- What strikes you about what unfolds with Jesus in these opening verses of the Gospel of Mark?
- When Jesus talks about the kingdom of God and good news what do you think he might be referring too here?
(Consider how you would complete these thoughts – we will have space on Sunday to respond to these):
- The good news is…?
- The good news is not…?
May the rest of the week go well with you and,
May you come to meeting for worship on Sunday with hearts and minds prepared,