The Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost, At-Home Service for September 12th

In the passage read today from the Gospel according to Mark we heard about a disagreement between Jesus and Peter. Jesus said, “Get behind me…you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things!” That disagreement between Jesus and Peter concerned the mission of the Christ or Messiah. Jesus and Peter expressed very different views about what could damage or destroy that mission.

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Pastor Rike’s Sermon

The disagreement was all the more surprising because, immediately beforehand, Peter had correctly identified Jesus. Peter said to Jesus “You are the Christ.” Now, you and I have come to think of that word, Christ, as just another name for Jesus. However, the Greek word, “Christ,” and its older Hebrew form, “Messiah,” are a description rather than a name. Both words mean, “anointed one.” Peter was using a familiar word from the Bible to describe Jesus. Just as you or I might say someone had oil poured over the head and so was anointed, so too, Peter was saying that Jesus had been anointed by God with the Holy Spirit and power. Peter used that description to answer the question Jesus had asked, “Who do you say that I am?” That answer recalled everything Peter had seen.

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Follow along with the service on video led by Pastor Rike, with music performed by Randy Broker.

The Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost Service for September 12th includes: 
Hymn- Lift High the Cross performed by the Randy Broker 
First Reading- Isaiah 50:4-9a
Holy Gospel- Mark 8:27-38
Sermon by Pastor David Rike 
Hymn- Praise and Thanks and Adoration performed by Randy Broker