Staying Awake

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December 3, 2017. This Advent we start hearing from the Gospel of Mark. We don’t really know who wrote it, but after an interview skit with the “author” that gives some context and background, Pastor Penny relates our burdens today with the burdens of Mark’s community in his time. We can be tempted to hide, or to follow the wrong voice. But instead we come to church, to hear the voice of Jesus telling us to stay awake.

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