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Where is All This Heading?

July 11, 2021 Speaker: The Rev. Andrew R. O'Dell Series: Sunday Service Sermons

Topic: Sunday Sermons Scripture: Mark 6:7–6:13, Ephesians 1:1–1:14

d, now and for ever. Amen.
The Lesson: Ephesians 1:1-14
1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus: 2 Grace to
you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who
has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of
the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through
Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8 which he
lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set
forth in Christ 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. 11 In him we
have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the
counsel of his will, 12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. 13 In him you also, when
you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who
is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.
Psalm 85
1 Lord, you have been gracious to your land;
you have turned away the captivity of Jacob.
2 You have forgiven the offence of your people
and covered all their sins.
3 You have taken away all your displeasure
and turned yourself from your wrathful indignation.
4 Restore us then, O God our Savior,
and let your anger cease from us.
5 Will you be displeased at us for ever,
and will you stretch out your wrath from one generation to another?
6 Will you not turn again and quicken us,
that your people may rejoice in you?
7 Show us your mercy, O Lord,
and grant us your salvation.
8 I will hearken to what the Lord God will say,
for he shall speak peace unto his people, and to his saints, that they turn not again.
9 For his salvation is near to those who fear him,
that glory may dwell in our land.
10 Mercy and truth have met together;
righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
11 Truth shall flourish out of the earth,
and righteousness shall look down from heaven.
12 Indeed, the Lord shall show goodness,
and our land shall give its increase.
13 Righteousness shall go before him,
and he shall direct his going in the way.
The Gospel: Mark 6:7-13
7 And Jesus called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. 8 He
charged them to take nothing for their journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in their belts— 9 but to wear sandals
and not put on two tunics. 10 And he said to them, “Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you depart from there. 11 And if
any place will not receive you and they will not listen to you, when you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony
against them.” 12 So they went out and proclaimed that people should repent. 13 And they cast out many demons and anointed
with oil many who were sick and healed them.

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