And looking at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.” (Mark 3:34)
A house divided against itself cannot stand. Jesus makes this observation in light of charges that he is possessed. He is possessed, not by a demon, but by the Holy Spirit. We who have received the Holy Spirit through baptism have been joined to Christ’s death and resurrection and knit together in the body of Christ. Those with whom we sing and pray this day are sisters and brothers of the Lord. With them we go forth in peace to do the will of God.
Sunday’s Worship Music
In Traditional Worship our Hymn of the Day is “Built on a Rock” (ELW 652). Jesus tells us that a kingdom divided against itself cannot stand and we sing of the true rock on which the church stands. How is church different from your youth? How is it the same? How is God still working through the church, through you?
In New Day Worship this week we will sing “You are my King (Amazing Love)” as our worship song. Through the words of this song, we profess our thankfulness and joy at the sacrifice of God’s only son, and dedicate ourselves to honoring Jesus in all we do.
Who is Jesus to You?”
For Your Home Devotions
How can we preach a message of unity is a world that is so deeply divided?
Do you think our world is more divisive than the world Jesus lived in?
What can you do to be a voice of unity?
Must we agree on all things to be in fellowship with others?