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The Wilderness
February 21, 2015

"And the Spirit immediately cast him into the wilderness, and he was in the wilderness forty days being tempted by Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and the angels were serving him."
~ Mark 1.12-13

Prepare the Way

     The water was still dripping from his recently baptized body. The echo of the Father's "You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased” was still ringing through the Jordan River valley. And suddenly, the Spirit, only recently having descended in the form of a peaceful dove, casts Jesus into the wilderness. Drives him. Throws him out there into the wilds of temptation to take up battle with the enemy. Jesus was just anointed and affirmed as the Messiah, the Son of God, and this is his lot!
     And here's the rub: Jesus calls us to follow him. We start a new sermon series this week, and over the next few weeks we will be doing just that; we will be following Jesus on his journey to the cross and to resurrection life. This Sunday we will reflect on the beginning of Jesus' journey, purposefully following him into the wilderness. I encourage you to read and reflect on Mark 1.9-15 prior to our time together tomorrow.

Sunday Mornings:
Coffee: 9:15 a.m.
Worship Service:
10:00 a.m.

That we might better pray for one another:

     We pray for healing and for God's presence and peace to be with Barb Hover, and with Barbie and Jim Aukema, and the rest of Barb's family as they care for her during her battle with cancer.
     We pray for healing for Holly Nelson as she continues to recover from a concussion.
     We pray for continued healing and strength for both Jerry Krempel and Jim Pitcher.
     We pray that God would lead those who need Faith & Finances to register, and we pray for allies for participants and for volunteers for meals and childcare.
     We continue to give thanks for the adult and the teen volunteers, and pray for continued strength and energy for the remainder of the Kids' Night Out season.
     We continue to pray for God's world: for those who are persecuted for their faith around the world, and for those who are being called to witness to Jesus Christ with their blood; for those committed to peace in Ukraine and Russia, that they would be given energy and strength and safety to continue advocating for a non-violent resolution there; for the people of western Africa as they continue to battle Ebola; for God's miraculous intervention in the Middle East, that the hearts and minds of the people living there, and that whole cultures, would begin to bend toward peace, and that God's church would continue to proclaim and embody the good news of God's reign there.
     We pray for friends and family: for healing and recovery for Beth Cunningham-Blake's great-niece MacKenzie following her foot surgery; for healing and encouragement for Adam Derzanovich as he continues his recovery following surgery; and for David Derzanovich's two brothers-in-law, Tim and Bill who are still battling health issues.

Sunday Morning Ministries for Tomorrow,
February 22, 2015:

Ruth Giese

Herleen DeYoung and David Derzanovich

Intercessory Prayer:
Florence Doller

Scripture Reader:
Natalie Doller

Crystal Aukema
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1452 River Road
Binghamton, New York 13901

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