Peace Amidst the Tempest Mark 6:45-52; Mark 4:35-40; John 6:15-21, November 9 2014

@Copyrighted by Rev. Troy Sybrant Sermon: Peace Amidst the Tempest Mark 6:45-52; Mark 4:35-40; John 6:15-21, November 9 2014

Call to Worship:

t2 L:        In the midst of storms it’s easy to lose sight of the horizon.

P:         Yet if we keep our eyes fixed on God we are not lost.

L:        When waves and wind whip us about, we can lose heart.

P:         Yet if we remember God is with us we can take heart.

L:        On this voyage we will face perils.

P:         Yet let us be courageous, for God has overcome the world!

Scripture (Mark 6:45-52; Mark 4:35-40; John 6:15-21)  

 Our first reading comes from the good news according to Mark. Listen for God’s word.

        45Immediately Jesus made his  isciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. 46After saying farewell to them, he went up on the mountain to pray.

47When evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land. 48When he saw that they were straining at the oars against an adverse wind, he came towards them early in the morning, walking on the sea. He intended to pass them by. 49But when they saw him walking on the sea, they thought it was a ghost and cried out; 50for they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.” 51Then he got into the boat with them and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded, 52for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.

 Our second reading continues from Mark’s gospel:

35On that day, when evening had come, Jesus said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. 37A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. 38But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. 40He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?”

 Our third reading is from John’s gospel.

15When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself. 16When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, 17got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. 18The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing. 19When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were terrified. 20But he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” 21Then they wanted to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the land toward which they were going.

Here ends our readings. May God bless our hearing and understanding.

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