Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church
February 21
“Again & Again, God Meets Us”
InRev. Joey Lee, preaching

As we begin the season of Lent, the lesson for this first Sunday from Mark’s gospel is helpful.

It is a narration in three parts, moving Jesus from baptism, to wilderness, to the ministry of proclamation of the good news. That three-part movement can be interpreted as God claims, God equips, and God sends.

A closer look at these movements should remind us of the life and ministry of Jesus, reveal something about God, and maybe, just maybe, cause us to look at our own lives.


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Theme for Sunday
“In pivotal moments, God is extraordinarily present with Jesus and those around him, and for good reason. In the Black church we sing of how God picks us up, turns us around, and places our feet “on solid ground.” God's proximity informs our trajectory. God approaches us to claim, equip, and send us to do God’s will.”

—Rev. T. Denise Anderson, former Co-moderator of the 222nd General Assembly of PC(USA)
Questions for Reflection
  • How has God come to you, time and again, in your life?
  • God meets us at the edge of things—in suffering, uncertainty, reluctance. God meets us at the edge and promises to stay with us, watching over us through the wilderness of our lives. Where are the edges in your life right now? Where is the wilderness in your life right now?
Mark 1:9-15
In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.” And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.

Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”