Repentance

Repentance

Today’s sermon text is from the first chapter of Mark,

14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

The hardest part of what Jesus said in this text seems to be repentance. It’s easy to say “I’m sorry” or as we confess each week, “I, a poor miserable sinner . . . ” but then next week we are right back again, once again having sinned.

We know we are flawed but loved. Sinner and saint. But do you know what repentance truly means? It’s far more than saying, “I’m sorry”.

True repentance is finding a new love or changing of affection. And in this case, it means we turn away from the ways of this world and give our love, attention and affection to God. Will we still sin? Yes, of course, because only Jesus is able to withstand temptation. But our desire will turn back to God and away from earthly delights.

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Announcements

Our doors are open. We are holding the Divine Service again and it is a delight to see familiar faces. Please come prepared with a face mask or covering and new rules to follow. There will NOT be Sunday School but we will continue to hold the Divine Service at 11 am. You can read the full policy here. Another post covers the highlights.

Wednesday Bible Study – We have resumed meeting via Zoom at 7 pm. Please contact Pastor if you need a Zoom invite.

NEW Bible Information Class Starting: All are welcome to join – whether it’s your first time or a refresher – we will meet starting on February 7 at 9:30 am. Please let Pastor know ahead of time if you plan to attend.

Donations: Unfortunately the expenses go on. If you wish to make a donation please mail them to the St. James post office box as that is a secure location.

Prayer requests. Bring your prayer requests to Pastor Jenson, Deacon Poe, or Loyd Harris (bulletin typist). They will printed in the bulletin and prayed in the Sunday service. The deadline is Tuesday for mailing on Wednesday. Remember if you are bringing a prayer request on behalf of another person their permission must be obtained.

Prayer during a pandemic:

Almighty God, heavenly Father, give us grace to trust You during this time of illness and distress. In mercy put an end to the pandemic that afflicts us. Grant relief to those who suffer, and comfort all that mourn. Sustain all medical personnel in their labors, and cause Your people ever to serve You in righteousness and holiness; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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