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Sermons and devotionals from Aliso Creek Church. For more information about our community visit us at alisocreekchurch.org

    Scripture for Today | Mark 3:20-35

    Scripture for Today | Mark 3:20-35

    Opening Song:  Establish the Work of Our Hands by The Porter’s Gate Worship Project.


     


    Lyrics:


    If You don’t build it, we labor in vain, 


    Without Your Spirit, we stand with no strength. 


    I know my life is passing away, 


    but the works of Your hands 


    are what will remain. 


    Let the favor of the Lord rest upon us… 


     


    O Lord, establish the work of our hands! 


    O Lord, establish the work of our hands! 


     


    Teach us to number the length of our days, 


    Pour out Your power, we’ll pour out Your praise. 


    Teach us to run, to finish the race, 


    for only what’s done in love will remain. 


    Let the favor of the Lord 


    rest upon us… 


     


    Al - le - lu - ia, al - le - luia, al - le - luia 


    Al - le - lu - ia, al - le - luia, al - le - luia 


     


    Passage: 


    20   Then he went home, and the crowd gathered again, so that they could not even eat. 21 And when his family heard it, they went out to seize him, for they were saying, “He is out of his mind.”


    22 And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and “by the prince of demons he casts out the demons.” 23 And he called them to him and said to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan? 24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. 26 And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but is coming to an end. 27 But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. Then indeed he may plunder his house.


    28 “Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the children of man, and whatever blasphemies they utter, 29 but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”— 30 for they were saying, “He has an unclean spirit.”


    31 And his mother and his brothers came, and standing outside they sent to him and called him. 32 And a crowd was sitting around him, and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers are outside, seeking you.” 33 And he answered them, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” 34 And looking about at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 35 For whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother.”


    (Mark 3:20–35)


     


    Musical reflection: Bach's Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007: Prelude 


    The musical selection for today is a familiar one for many—the beautiful, solo cello prelude by Bach showcases undulating tones in ceaseless motion. Like the cello’s constant movement, our lives on earth are meant to be a tapestry of work for God’s kingdom and relationship with God’s children. 


     


    Prayer:


    O God, from whom all good proceeds: Grant that by your inspiration we may think those things that are right, and by your merciful guiding may do them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.


    -Book of Common Prayer

    • 11 min
    Scripture for Today | 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1

    Scripture for Today | 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1

    Opening Song: We Are Not Overcome by Bifrost Arts


     


    Lyrics:


    Flesh will fail and bones will break


    thieves will steal, the earth will shake


    Night will fall, the light will fade


    The Lord will give and take away


     


    Put no trust in the earth


    in the sod you stand upon


    Flowers fade into dust


    The Lord will make a place for us


     


    Because of His great Love


    We are not overcome


    Because of His great Love


    We are not overcome


     


    Have no fear for your life


    Turn your cheek, turn your cheek


    Bear the yoke of love and death


    The Lord will give all life and breath


     


    Because of His great Love


    We are not overcome


    Because of His great Love


    We are not overcome


     


    Passage:


     


    13   Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, “I believed, and so I spoke,” we also believe, and so we also speak, 14 knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence. 15 For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.


     


    16 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.


     


    1 For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.


     


    (2 Corinthians 4:13–5:1)


     


     


    Musical reflection: Schubert's Die Nacht


    Today’s classical reflection is a guitar and cello arrangement of Schubert’s song “Die Nacht.” The final stanza of the text reads as following: “I see a ray of light shining from afar, my sacred duty appears in divine radiance. And if the strength of my weary spirit fails, then the courage which that duty inspires in me shall not fail.” As Christians, we know that our spirit will fail us, but Jesus will intercede on our behalf—we are not overcome. 


     


    Prayer: 


    Most loving Father, whose will it is for us to give thanks for all things, to fear nothing but the loss of you, and to cast all our care on you who care for us: Preserve us from faithless fears and worldly anxieties, that no clouds of this mortal life may hide from us the light of that love which is immortal, and which you have manifested to us in your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

    • 11 min
    Scripture for Today | 1 Samuel 8:4-20

    Scripture for Today | 1 Samuel 8:4-20

    Opening Song: Crown Him With Many Crowns


     


    Passage: 1 Samuel 8:4-20


    4 Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah 5 and said to him, “Behold, you are old and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now appoint for us a king to judge us like all the nations.” 6 But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” And Samuel prayed to the LORD. 7 And the LORD said to Samuel, “Obey the voice of the people in all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them. 8 According to all the deeds that they have done, from the day I brought them up out of Egypt even to this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are also doing to you. 9 Now then, obey their voice; only you shall solemnly warn them and show them the ways of the king who shall reign over them.”


    10 So Samuel told all the words of the LORD to the people who were asking for a king from him. 11 He said, “These will be the ways of the king who will reign over you: he will take your sons and appoint them to his chariots and to be his horsemen and to run before his chariots. 12 And he will appoint for himself commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and some to plow his ground and to reap his harvest, and to make his implements of war and the equipment of his chariots. 13 He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. 14 He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive orchards and give them to his servants. 15 He will take the tenth of your grain and of your vineyards and give it to his officers and to his servants. 16 He will take your male servants and female servants and the best of your young men and your donkeys, and put them to his work. 17 He will take the tenth of your flocks, and you shall be his slaves. 18 And in that day you will cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the LORD will not answer you in that day.”


    19 But the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel. And they said, “No! But there shall be a king over us, 20 that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles.”


     


    Musical reflection: Handel's Zadok the Priest 


    The musical reflection for today comes from G. F. Handel’s Zadok the Priest. This excerpt has been used for the coronation for every British monarch since 1727; the text details the coronation of Solomon by priest Zadok and prophet Nathan in the Old Testament. 

    • 11 min
    Scripture for Today | Psalm 130

    Scripture for Today | Psalm 130

    Opening Song: From the Depths of Woe (Psalm 130) by Indelible Grace Music.


    Passage: Psalm 130


    A Song of Ascents.


    1 Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD!


    2 O Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy!


    3 If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?


    4 But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared.


    5 I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I hope;


    6 my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning.


    7 O Israel, hope in the LORD! For with the LORD there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption.


    8 And he will redeem Israel from all his iniquities.


    Musical Reflection:


    Beethoven String Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 131, mvt. I


    Today’s classical music reflection is drawn from Beethoven’s String Quartet no. 14; it unfolds in a slow fugue, and the hesitant, melancholy tones blossom into rich harmonies—similarly, Psalm 130 transforms from dark despair to bright hope for the future. 

    • 11 min
    Sermon: Hebrews 11:23-40, The Power of Faith | Nick Locke

    Sermon: Hebrews 11:23-40, The Power of Faith | Nick Locke

    Sermon: Hebrews 11:11-22, A Better Country | Tom Gastil

    Sermon: Hebrews 11:11-22, A Better Country | Tom Gastil

    • 34 min

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