The Freedom of Forgiveness

The Freedom of Forgiveness

Sunday February 6 2022
The Freedom of ForgivEness
Leviticus 23:26-28
Mark 10:35-38
Ed Whipple

“Forgiving is not forgetting; it’s actually remembering–remembering and not using your right to hit back. It’s a second chance for a new beginning. And the remembering part is particularly important. Especially if you don’t want to repeat what happened.”

Archbishop Desmond Tutu (1931-2021)


26 The LORD spoke to Moses, saying: 27 Now, the tenth day of this seventh month is the day of atonement; it shall be a holy convocation for you: you shall deny yourselves and present the LORD’s offering by fire; 28 and you shall do no work during that entire day; for it is a day of atonement, to make atonement on your behalf before the LORD your God. LEVITICUS 23:26-28 NRSV

35 James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward 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 is it 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 But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” MARK 10:35-38 NRSV


Let us worship the One who calls us.
Here we are, ready or not,
called by our Savior who lived and died
and rose to live again among us.
Here we are, ready or not,
bringing our everyday selves
to offer our praise and prayer.
Let us worship the One who calls us.