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In this podcast:
1. Prayer of illumination
2. Old Testament reading 1 Samuel 8:4-11, 16-20
3. Psalter Psalm 138
4. Epistle reading 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1
5. Anthem "His Eye is on the Sparrow" (Kara Penley, flute; Dr. Stan Workman, piano)
6. Gospel reading Mark 3:20-35
“Who are my mother and my brothers?” Jesus asks the crowd: the crowd who follows him everywhere he goes; the crowd who searches for him when he slips away; the crowd who, in just a few chapters, will arrest him and call for Barabbas’ release and Jesus’ own death.
This motley crew of tax collectors and prostitutes, blind men and bleeding women, the least and the lost and the lonely … this is Jesus’ family. This is his inner circle, the ones who are doing the will of God.
And this is where the story stops being about family as we think about it and becomes about the church.