Are you ready for a new year? As 2021 begins, we continue to feel the lingering effects of the pandemic and the unrest of 2020, but the new year is a time to embrace new possibilities.
To that end, the pastors of First Church will present “Good News!”, a series of messages based on the gospel of Mark, during weekly worship services beginning Jan. 3.
At the beginning of his gospel, Mark declares that the coming of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is good news. (Mark 1:1) In this series, we’re going to walk closely with Jesus through the first chapter of Mark. As we do, we’ll discover why the coming of Jesus is still the good news we all need and how believing it makes all the difference in our lives.
All are welcome! You do not have to be a member of First Church or any church to attend or enjoy the messages. See below for the schedule of messages.
During this sermon series, our services can be experienced via livestream at 8:15 a.m. on our website and FB page, with recorded versions on our website to watch anytime.
Daily Bible readings are recommended to accompany each weekly message. Find the Daily Bible Reading plan here.
For more information, call or email the church office at 717.766.4611 or email@example.com.
“Good News!” Messages: Jan. 3 to Feb. 7
January 3 “Make Room for Jesus!” (Mark 1:1-8)
Holy Communion Sunday. John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus’ arrival. He shows us how to make room for Jesus and why it is the most important thing we can do as we begin this New Year.
January 10 “Listen to the Voice!” (Mark 1:9-13)
At his baptism, Jesus saw heaven split open and heard a voice that called him chosen and dearly loved. In a world of many voices, we discover who we are, and whose we are, as we learn to listen to his voice.
January 17 “Jesus Uses Ordinary People” (Mark 1:14-20)
When Jesus called, ordinary fishermen left everything and joined in the extraordinary work of his kingdom. Jesus still calls, yearning to use ordinary people like us today.
January 24 “Jesus Has Authority” (Mark 1:21-28)
In the synagogue in Capernaum, Jesus revealed his power to save this broken world. He invites us to turn the reins of our lives over to him so that we might be made whole and be a healing presence for others.
January 31 “Early Riser” (Mark 1:29-39)
Even with many demands pressing in upon him, Jesus prioritized time with God in prayer. We find rest for our souls, strength to love, and direction for our days when we follow his example.
February 7 “Jesus Isn’t Afraid of Your Mess” (Mark 1:40-45)
Moved with pity, Jesus touched and cleansed a leper who lived on the fringes of society. Jesus is with us in the messy situations of our lives and calls us to join in his ministry of compassion in this messy world.