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Mark 4:1-9, 21-25

Seeds and Lamps

4 Again Jesus began to teach by the lake. The crowd that gathered around him was so large that he got into a boat and sat in it out on the lake, while all the people were along the shore at the water’s edge. 2 He taught them many things by parables, and in his teaching said: 3 “Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.”
9 Then Jesus said, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”

21 He said to them, “Do you bring in a lamp to put it under a bowl or a bed? Instead, don’t you put it on its stand? 22 For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open. 23 If anyone has ears to hear, let them hear.”
24 “Consider carefully what you hear,” he continued. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you—and even more. 25 Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.”


Ephesians 5:8-20 

Darkness and Light

8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness,righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord. 11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. 12 It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. 13 But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. 14 This is why it is said:
“Wake up, sleeper,
    rise from the dead,
    and Christ will shine on you.”
15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise,16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord,20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.


Isaiah 59:21-60:3

The Glory of Zion

21 “As for me, this is my covenant with them,” says the Lord. “My Spirit,who is on you, will not depart from you, and my words that I have put in your mouth will always be on your lips, on the lips of your children and on the lips of their descendants—from this time on and forever,” says the Lord.
“Arise, shine, for your light has come,
    and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.
2 See, darkness covers the earth
    and thick darkness is over the peoples,
but the Lord rises upon you
    and his glory appears over you.
3 Nations will come to your light,
    and kings to the brightness of your dawn.


Mark 4
A Lamp on a Stand

21 He said to them, “Do you bring in a lamp to put it under a bowl or a bed? Instead, don’t you put it on its stand? 22 For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open. 23 If anyone has ears to hear, let them hear.”
24 “Consider carefully what you hear,” he continued. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you—and even more. 25 Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.”

Genesis 1

1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.

See, darkness covers the earth
and thick darkness is over the peoples,
— Isaiah 60:2

Exodus 10
The Plague of Darkness

21 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward the sky so that darkness spreads over Egypt—darkness that can be felt.” 22 So Moses stretched out his hand toward the sky, and total darkness covered all Egypt for three days. 23 No one could see anyone else or move about for three days. Yet all the Israelites had light in the places where they lived.
24 Then Pharaoh summoned Moses and said, “Go, worship the Lord. Even your women and children may go with you; only leave your flocks and herds behind.”\
25 But Moses said, “You must allow us to have sacrifices and burnt offerings to present to the Lord our God. 26 Our livestock too must go with us; not a hoof is to be left behind. We have to use some of them in worshiping the Lord our God, and until we get there we will not know what we are to use to worship the Lord.”
27 But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he was not willing to let them go. 28 Pharaoh said to Moses, “Get out of my sight! Make sure you do not appear before me again! The day you see my face you will die.”
29 “Just as you say,” Moses replied. “I will never appear before you again.”

Passover
Release to the Captives. 

Isaiah 58
Share You Light

3‘Why have we fasted,’ they say,
    ‘and you have not seen it?
Why have we humbled ourselves,
    and you have not noticed?’

“Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please
    and exploit all your workers.
4 Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife,
    and in striking each other with wicked fists.
You cannot fast as you do today
    and expect your voice to be heard on high.

“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
    and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
    and break every yoke?
7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry
    and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
    and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
    and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness[a] will go before you,
    and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.

Darkness came over the world
At the Death of the True King
Mark 15

33 At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. 34 And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).[b]

35 When some of those standing near heard this, they said, “Listen, he’s calling Elijah.”

36 Someone ran, filled a sponge with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to take him down,” he said.

37 With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last.

Revelation 21
The New City

9 “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” 10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. 11 It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. 

22 I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. 24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. 25 On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. 26 The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. 27 Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

Candy and Goodies!

For Easter at Orchard's Park and for our Faith egg hunt, we will need lots of individually wrapped candy, small prizes, stickers, and plastic eggs. Begin bringing your donations to church and place them in the collection box outside the sanctuary. Monetary donations are also accepted to make last minute purchases.

Dave Ramsey -Financial Peace

Every Friday evening beginning March 4: Jenny Stegemoller at Faith Lutheran Church in Bentonville, AR will help you achieve your financial goals by showing you how to eliminate debt, save for the future, and give like never before. You will be challenged and motivated to make a plan for your money and change your family tree forever. Contact jenny_sparkman@hotmail.com for more information and to sign up.

Ladies' Movie Night

Join fellow ladies of Faith Bentonville for a movie night on Saturday, March 5 at 6:30 pm in The Source.  We will be viewing
One Night With The King. BYO Snacks.   For more information:  jennifer.yeager@gmail.com.

Holy Week 2016

Palm Sunday - Sunday, March 20
Wednesday - no church activities
Maundy Thursday - 6:30 pm Thursday, March 24 (dinner afterwards)
Good Friday - 7:00 pm Friday, March 25
Easter at Orchard's Park - Saturday, March 26
Easter Sunday - brunch at 9:00, egg hunt at 9:30, and worship at 10:15

Easter at Orchard's Park 2016!

Save the date! Carnival-style games from 1pm to 4pm
Saturday, March 26th
 

Bentonville Half Marathon

Save the date! Handing out water and gel
Saturday, April 2nd
 

Cycle and Serve!

The Mid-South District LCMS is turning 50. To celebrate, Pastor Ondraka will bike all the way across the district. He will start in Bentonville onSaturday, April 17 and conclude in Knoxville. To send him off, we will be joining the other churches in NWA in a service project and dinner at the DAC in Bentonvlle. Come celebrate with us!
 

VBS 2016

We are currently looking for a coordinator for this year's VBS!
 

Access your Giving Statements

For instructions on how to access your yearly church contributions, use the link below:
http://www.faithbentonville.com/howtoaccesscontrobutions/

Wednesday Night for Youth and Kids

Students in confirmation will continue to study with Pastor Cris, Kids up to grade 6 will be studying with Coli and Karra. Come join us for fun and Bible study at 6:15 every Wednesday!

Lutheran Hour Study of Islam

The Wednesday night community group will be continuing to study about Islam. Come join them at 6:15 each Wednesday!

 

Current Community Groups

- 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at the Schommer's house - 6:30 snacks/7:00 Bible study

- Every Wednesday at Faith - 6:15 pm discussion and Bible study

- Every Friday at Panera - 7:00 am men's Bible study

- Every other Sunday at the Escher's house - 6:30 women's prayer and share time

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