Readings for March 18th  

Old Testament Jeremiah 31:31-34  

The New Covenant

31 “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, 32 not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the Lord. 33 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34 And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”

Epistle Reading Hebrews 9:11-15  

Redemption Through the Blood of Christ

11 But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) 12 he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. 13 For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer, sanctify for the purification of the flesh, 14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.

15 Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant.

Gospel Mark 10:35-45

The Request of James and John

35 And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came up to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” 36 And he said to them, “What do you want me to do for you?” 37 And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” 38 Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?” 39 And they said to him, “We are able.” And Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink, and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized, 40 but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.” 41 And when the ten heard it, they began to be indignant at James and John. 42 And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 43 But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”


These beautiful anniversary banners were created by Laurie Bredehoft. 

The doxology inspires the collection of wall hangings.

Since the dawn of time God placed His loving Hand on all creation, especially His crown creation — mankind. Since the fall of man, God sought to save us through faith in His promise of the Messiah. The vine that travels across the pieces represents the continuity of promise throughout the ages. He is the vine, awe are the branches called to produce His good fruit. 

At the burning bush, God first identifies Himself by the name, Yahweh, I am who I am. He provided His Law that points to our sin and reminds His children of their needs for the promised Messiah. 

At the correct time, God is born of Mary by the Holy Spirit to fulfill all prophesies as Jesus, true God and true man, to die forthe sins of all who lived and those yet to be born. The sun represents the Light of the world, Jesus. His children are called to spread this gospel until His second coming. 

God the Holy Spirit lives inside of His children, empowering them to live for Him, spread the gospel message, glorifying Him in all they say and do.

The white streams of light not only show the path Jesus takes His children as they lpass to heaven, but by the power ofthe Holy Spirit, the energy and gifts directed to His childrento do His work, bearing good fruit on Earth. The glittering, surrounding crystal stars reflect God's promise th Abraham. By faith, you will have as many children as the stars in heaven. His redeemed children look forward to the blessing of heaven.

All glory to God!

Laurie Bredehoft