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Gathering

PRELUDE

CONFESSION & FORGIVENESS

GATHERING SONG                              “Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers”                           red book # 244

GREETING             

CANTICLE OF PRAISE                                                                     red book pg. 149 (set 4)

PRAYER of the DAY

PRAYER and SONG of WAITING      “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”    red book # 257, vrs. 1-2

Word

ISAIAH 64:1–9                                          

PSALM 80:1–7, 17–19


1 CORINTHIANS 1:3–9                                 

MARK 13:24–37

SERMON                                                                                                          Pastor Chris Halverson

On this start of Advent, as we switch from reading the Gospel of Matthew to reading the Gospel of Mark it is important to consider that, while the primary message of the gospels remains the same, proclaiming the good news of Jesus, each author does so in their own unique way focusing on particular parts of the good news.

As for the author Mark, when I read him, I hear the poet Allen Ginsburg. I hear the quick beats, the urgency of his message, and the immediacy of his experience—after all the author Mark’s favorite word is “Immediately.”

So, today I have taken the basic structure of Allen Ginsburg’s poem Howl, and the pieces of the Good News that are unique to Mark’s Gospel, and put them together in the following poem.

Howl (Allen Ginsburg)

(Chris Halverson)

For Simon Peter

I

I saw the anointed of this generation destroyed by

madness, flogged, stripped naked,

dragged through Jerusalem’s streets at dawn

looking for his God,

his God, forsaken by the ancient heavenly

connection to the Spirit of Holiness on the cruci-

fix of the noon darkness,

who taught synagogues and lean crowds with the authority of

a prophet-Elijah-John and fed the multitudes bread and fish multiplied

like good yeast

who immediately cast out spirits unclean into swine and

immediately de-possessed the demon possessed

 with shivers, shakes

shouts, “Holy one, Son of God” “be silent”

who healed the sick “tell no one” immediately settled the storm, walked on the back of Leviathan,

back behind him howled his disciples, scared as he

restored the sight, afraid as Peter said “Messiah”

who sat down, a master seeking sinners, treating tax collectors, forgiving

sins themselves, mat thrown away, standing, immediately standing still standing

Rabbis aghast at the Rabbi breaking the fast, wedding guest

II

What status-quo-god of walls and hedges enclosed

their torah and immediately ate up their brains and imagi-

nation?

Stasis! Cut off! Tempter! Blinders and obli-

gations! Crowds riled up screaming out-

side of palaces! Nude boys running away! Old men

placing verbal traps!

Stasis! Stasis! Nightmare of Stasis! Stasis the loveless! Mental Stasis! Stasis the heavy judger of men!

Stasis the incomprehensible prison!

Stasis the cross and nail, soulless courtyard and sabbath of

sorrows!

Stasis whose tests are judgement!

Stasis the vast millstone crushing the little ones! Stasis the stun-

ning words “blasphemy”

Stasis whose mind is possession! Stasis whose

Spirit is unclean!

Stasis whose fingers

are legion, many armies!

Stasis whose breast is con-

vulsing and dumb!

Stasis whose ear is a smoking

tomb!

Stasis fasting before the groom! Stasis laws, not people!

Stasis you

elder

lovers! Signs you do not see, conspiracies you concoct!

Caesar’s! Authority! Arrest! God of the Dead! Arrest! Immediately Arrest!

Stasis unmasked is named power!

Stasis who tramples children! Stasis who firsted the first and lasted the last!

Stasis, snatcher

of widow’s coins! You poisoned

yeast! Robes! Head tables! Devourer! Ostentatious! Hollow! Words!

Stasis crying

out demon at God’s Spirit!

III

Simon Peter! I’m going ahead of you to Galilee

Where you will see me just as I told you

Simon Peter! I’m going ahead of you to Galilee

Where the terror and amazement will abate

Simon Peter! I’m going ahead of you to Galilee

I did tell you suffering, rejection, death, three days, and raised

Simon Peter! I’m going ahead of you to Galilee

For I expect to see you there in simple garb no bread or bag or belt

Simon Peter! I’m going ahead of you to Galilee

Waiting for you to use your authority

Throw out demons

Anoint and heal the sick

Preach!

Footnote

Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy!

Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy!

Holy is God! Holy are the books of Moses! Holy are the Poems of Solomon! Holy are the Prophets!

Holy John and his Baptism!

Holy the angels who ministered to Jesus!

Holy the Spirit of God which rested on Jesus!

Holy the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power! 

HYMN of the DAY                          “My Lord, What a Morning”                  red book # 438

BAPTISM of ROBERT SCOTT

PRAYERS of INTERCESSION

RECEPTION of NEW MEMBERS

PEACE                                        

Meal

OFFERING

DEDICATION of PASCHAL CANDLE and PASCHAL CANDLE HOLDER

GREAT THANKSGIVING

LORD’S PRAYER 

COMMUNION SONGS “Lamb of God” red pg. 154, “Let There Be Peace on Earth”,

also red #715, red #239

Sending

BLESSING

SENDING SONG                          “Hark! A Thrilling Voice Is Sounding!”                    red book # 246

ANNOUNCEMENTS

DISMISSAL     

POSTLUDE

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