The Season of Pentecost invites us to examine the peculiar ways in which the Spirit is moving. In today’s Gospel, the actions of Jesus are interpreted as demonic work in that Jesus moved and spoke in new ways that religious leaders and others were not accustomed to hearing and seeing. The “crowd” did not recognize this kind of authority so they named it as demonic; however, Jesus remained true to himself and the work he was called to do. Will we have the courage to remain true to who we are and what we have been called to do, even when those closest to us do not recognize or understand our uniqueness?
Call to Celebration
God of creation, we celebrate your gift of presence among us.
We give thanks for this community and the unique talents that surround us.
We recognize the tenacity of our children and youth and all their accomplishments.
They have been a beacon of light for us.
We are a flourishing community because of their presence.
This is the Lord’s doing and it is marvelous in our eyes! Amen
God, you have shown us great love through life-giving actions. We are an inspired people because resilient young leaders are in our midst. As they offer their gifts to this community and the world, remind us that the words we share shape lives. Amen
Full Service Service June 6
Mark 3:20-35 NRSV
3:20 and the crowd came together again, so that they could not even eat.
3:21 When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, "He has gone out of his mind."
3:22 And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, "He has Beelzebul, and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons."
3:23 And he called them to him, and spoke to them in parables, "How can Satan cast out Satan?
3:24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
3:25 And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.
3:26 And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but his end has come.
3:27 But no one can enter a strong man's house and plunder his property without first tying up the strong man; then indeed the house can be plundered.
3:28 "Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven for their sins and whatever blasphemies they utter;
3:29 but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin"--
3:30 for they had said, "He has an unclean spirit."
3:31 Then his mother and his brothers came; and standing outside, they sent to him and called him.
3:32 A crowd was sitting around him; and they said to him, "Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, asking for you."
3:33 And he replied, "Who are my mother and my brothers?"
3:34 And looking at those who sat around him, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers!
3:35 Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother