In the conversation for this Sunday, March 13, 2016, Pastors Stuart Nice & Kim Nowlin share with us that in the Christian life we will experience Gethsemane moments. By keeping in close relationship with God, these moments will not overtake us, because we will be in the habit of meeting with God in the good times as well as the difficult ones.
The passage for this morning's conversation is Mark 14:32-37.
They came to a place named Gethsemane; and He said to His disciples, “Sit here until I have prayed.” And He took with Him Peter and James and John, and began to be very distressed and troubled. And He said to them, “ My soul is deeply grieved to the point of death; remain here and keep watch.” And He went a little beyond them, and fell to the ground and began to pray that if it were possible, the hour might pass Him by. And He was saying, “ Abba! Father! All things are possible for You; remove this cup from Me; yet not what I will, but what You will.” And He came and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Could you not keep watch for one hour?"
Mark 14:32-37, NASB
Sacred Reading, 00:00–16:40; Conversation, 16:40-50:03
A note about the recording of the Sacred Reading:
The reader will pause between each of the four readings. The pauses have been left in the recording so that the listener can experience the rhythm of the gathering and even participate in the reading.
Sacred Reading Text
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal
2 Corinthians 4:16-18, NIV