Hanging of the Greens Service
Audio
Delivered By
Members of the congregation
Delivered On
December 7, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Central Passage
Mark 1:1-8
Subject
Hanging of the Greens Service
Description

Mark 1:1-8New International Version (NIV)

John the Baptist Prepares the Way

The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah,a] the Son of God,b] as it is written in Isaiah the prophet:

“I will send my messenger ahead of you,
    who will prepare your way”c]
“a voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
    make straight paths for him.’”d]

And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. And this was his message: “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I baptize you withe] water, but he will baptize you withf] the Holy Spirit.”

Footnotes:

  1. Mark 1:1 Or Jesus Christ. Messiah (Hebrew) and Christ (Greek) both mean Anointed One.
  2. Mark 1:1 Some manuscripts do not have the Son of God.
  3. Mark 1:2 Mal. 3:1
  4. Mark 1:3 Isaiah 40:3
  5. Mark 1:8 Or in
  6. Mark 1:8 Or in

 

Pastor's Summary of Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13

Vv. 1-2 tell of God's restoration of Israel, probably in releasing them from Exile.  but times are tough: vv. 4-7 are a prayer that God may again show favor-in the present difficulties: please, God, "restore us again"; give us life and "salvation".  The people returned to a ravaged land.  In vv. 8-13 the psalmist hears God speaking; he will impart blessings upon the faithful.  They will receive "peace", shalom, godliness, well-being, including "salvation" which is "at hand".  In this process, God's presence and power will be apparent.  V. 10 says that four of God's attributes, his gifts to humankind, will come together.  Then v. 11: human "faithfulness", adherence to God,  the ultimate truth, will be reciprocated by him.  He will give prosperity, materially and spiritually.  Crops will improve (v. 12) and the people's godlinessd "will make a path" (v. 13) for his coming.