Sermon from June 21, 2015 - Woodlawn Christian Church.
Today, I'm preaching the scripture provided by the Lectionary. In case you're not aware of what the Lectionary is, it's basically a three-year program of prescribed scriptures to be preached over, along with the suggested supporting scriptures. Thus far here at Woodlawn Christian I have some of the time used the scriptures suggested and sometimes I've deviated and used something else that I felt was more along the lines of what I felt called to preach over.
Today is of course Father's Day, and the assigned Lectionary passage has to do with a boat and a large body of water. So, I'm thinking maybe it's a subtle hint that everyone should take their father boating today. Anyone here taking their Dad out boating today? Which sounds like a wonderful idea until you realize that the scripture also has to do with a very severe storm. I don't know about you but being out on a boat in bad weather doesn't sound like much fun to me at all. So, I guess we'll just have to look for a different meaning in these passages.
In all seriousness now, let's go before our Lord in prayer. Let us pray:
Heavenly Father, Abba, Lord we come before you today and we ask for your blessings of Love, Grace and Forgiveness upon this place and these people. Father, open our minds to embrace your words of love. Abba, guide our hearts to realize your grace in this fallen world. Lord, let our lives and actions be reflections of your forgiveness to your lost and wandering people. Bless us this day with your presence in our lives. In the name of Jesus who is the Christ we pray. AMEN
Today the Scripture that we are going to be contemplating comes from the Gospel of Mark in the Fourth Chapter. As I have mentioned before, Mark is believed by most scholars to be the oldest of the four Gospels that we find in the Bible. There are however some scholars who suspect that at least some portions of the non-canonical 'Gospel of Peter' is actually older than the Gospel of Mark. It's a very interesting theory and one that I do personally think is worth considering. In the early Church, the Gospel of Peter actually appears to have been more popular (there are more ancient manuscript fragments of Peter than Mark) than the Gospel of Mark, though not as popular it seems as the other three canonical gospels.
But, enough history let's now look at our scripture for today.