Hello from First Presbyterian church of Fort Lauderdale! I’m Pam Masten, one of the associate pastors here and thank you for joining me today!
This Sunday is the second Sunday of Lent and we are going to take a look at Mark 8:31-38. This occurs right after Peter gets a gold star for answering Jesus’ question correctly, “Who do people say I am?” Some said John the Baptist; others said Elijah, and still others, one of the prophets. But Jesus persists, asking, “But who do YOU say I am?” That’s where Peter shines amongst his classmates: Peter answered, “You are the Christ!”
This very bright moment of Peter precedes one of his worst moments, and that’s where we pick up in the narrative this Sunday. Here we find the first Passion prediction in Mark’s Gospel that Jesus will undergo suffering to the point of death. And friends, this is not what the disciples wanted to hear. We will reflect on how Peter responded, and I want us to think about how we respond when we hear about the unwelcome changes in our lives. More importantly, how did Jesus respond?
This is a wonderful text and brings with it an invitation for ‘abundant life’, and I look forward to worshipping with you on Sunday. While we haven’t been gathering in person, please do continue to reach out to one another. Patrick, Nic and I would love to hear from you and are here to support and care for you as best we can.
Be on the lookout for updates regarding the church re-opening, and remember we will be hosting our annual congregational meeting immediately following the service this Sunday, and we would love for you to be part of it.
Lastly, join us online this evening for our Lenten Experience, “Journey to the Cross” which premiers tonight at 6:30pm. Click Here to join the livestream.
Friends, stay healthy, and I’ll see you on Sunday!
Grace and peace,