Sermon Introduction –
The prayer of Psalm 90 that is attributed to Moses could be the prayer we offer here at New Hope today. Last week we said our farewell to Pastor Craig. This week we begin a new journey. This Psalm is a good reminder of what we need.
Introduction to our readings
The rich man who comes to ask Jesus what he should do to inherit eternal life is a good man, sincere in his asking. Mark’s gospel is alone in saying that Jesus looked on him and loved him. Out of love, not as judgment, Jesus offers him an open door to life: sell all you own and give it to the poor. Our culture bombards us with the message that we will find life by consuming. Our assemblies counter this message with the invitation to find life by divesting for the sake of the other.
Reading: Psalm 90:12-17
So teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.
Gospel Reading: Mark 10:17-31
Jesus has been teaching his disciples about what is most valued in God’s eyes. Now, a conversation with a rich man brings his message home to the disciples in a way that is surprising but unforgettable.