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"Betwixt & Between: On the Threshold of Order & Chaos"
Date:Sunday, March 3, 2013 - 11:00am
Sermon Title:"Betwixt & Between: On the Threshold of Order & Chaos"
Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. Jesus ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was famished. The devil said to Jesus, “If you are the Child of God, command this stone to become a loaf of bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone.’”
Then the devil led Jesus up and showed him in an instant all the nations of the world. And the devil said, “To you I will give their glory and all this authority; for it has been given over to me, and I give it to anyone I please. If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.” Jesus answered, “It is written, ‘Worship the Sovereign your God, and serve God alone.’”
Then the devil took Jesus to Jerusalem, and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said, “If you are the Child of God, throw yourself down from here, for it is written, ‘God will command the angels concerning you, to protect you,’ and ‘On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone,’” Jesus answered, “It is said, ‘Do not put the Sovereign your God to the test.’” Having finished every test, the devil departed from Jesus until an opportune time.
Genesis 1:1-5 Jewish Publication Society translation, 1985
When God began to create heaven and earth -- the earth being unformed and void, with darkness over the surface of the deep and a wind from God sweeping over the water -- God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day and the Darkness [God] called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, a first day.
Preacher:Rev. Mary Kay Totty
This third Sunday in Lent we will consider the threshold of order and chaos and all the spectrum which exists between the extremes. How much chaos is needed for progress? When does it become too much? How much order is needed for efficiency? When does it become stifling?