Psalms And Prayers For Congregational Participation
CALL TO WORSHIP Repeat your praise to the One who has lifted you up and brought you back from the gates of death.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION GOD OF THE LIVING, WE CONFESS THAT OUR FAITH IS OFTEN UNIMAGINATIVE. WE ARE LIMITED BY WHAT WE KNOW AND EXPERIENCE IN THIS LIFE. WE FIND IT DIFFICULT TO BELIEVE THAT THERE CAN BE ANOTHER LIFE WITHOUT THE LIMITATIONS OF THIS LIFE. WE HESITATE TO LAY UP FOR OURSELVES TREASURES IN HEAVEN, AND INVEST TOO MUCH IN WHAT PASSES AWAY AT THE TIME OF OUR DEATH. FORGIVE OUR
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Oscar Wilde penned a powerful story about behaviors and definitions and justice called The Picture of Dorian Gray. Dorian was a handsome young man, a model of physical beauty and moral virtue. People complimented him on his good graces. Parents pointed to him as an example to their youth. One artist even painted an exquisite portrait of him.
"Have you seen it?" whispered the Barbie doll to her next door neighbour.
The next Barbie doll in line was instantly alert. There were five different Barbie dolls, who lived jumbled together in the toy cupboard but who were so jealous of each other that they rarely spoke. "Seen what?" asked the second Barbie doll, blue eyes darting all round the room.
"The Princess," replied the first Barbie with glee. "Caitlin's done her hair and it looks terrible!"
These verses from Mark's gospel are a call to commitment, a call to sacrifice, and a call to give up everything of earthly value in life. To say these are difficult verses is truly an understatement. It is pretty clear that the disciples are not at all ready for what Jesus is saying. They are not ready for Jesus to die and they certainly are not ready to die themselves.