Central United Methodist Church
Sunday, October 21, 2018
Endicott, New York
Central United Methodist Church, Endicott, NY
A Reconciling Congregation

"It's Tempting"
Rev. Mark Marino, Guest Preacher
Sunday, March 5, 2017

Central United Methodist Church - Online Video
Video Clip United Methodist Mission Moment 00:00
"Jesus, Priceless Treasure" Prelude: Jeff Heald 00:37
Announcements; Call to Worship Carl Northrup 00:57
"Let All Things Now Living" Song #2008 05:40
Children's Time Rev. Mark Marino 08:07
"What A Friend He Have in Jesus" Anthem: Festivo Ringers 13:33
Scripture- Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7 Tom Hall 17:53
"Together at the Table of the Lord" Anthem: Chancel Choir; Oboe: Kathy Karlson 19:21
"Take Our Bread" Song #640 24:13
Pastoral Prayer; Lord's Prayer Rev. Mark Marino 26:10
Scripture- Matthew 4:1-11 Connie Lamando 30:56
"It's Tempting" Message: Rev. Mark Marino 33:19
Sacrament of Holy Communion Rev. Mark Marino 50:54
"Sent Forth By God's Blessing" Song #664 56:46
Benediction Rev. Mark Marino 58:58
"Postlude in F" Postlude: Jeff Heald 59:30

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Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7 The Message

God took the Man and set him down in the Garden of Eden to work the ground and keep it in order. God commanded the Man, “You can eat from any tree in the garden, except from the Tree-of-Knowledge-of-Good-and-Evil. Don’t eat from it. The moment you eat from that tree, you’re dead.” The serpent was clever, more clever than any wild animal God had made. He spoke to the Woman: “Do I understand that God told you not to eat from any tree in the garden?” The Woman said to the serpent, “Not at all. We can eat from the trees in the garden. It’s only about the tree in the middle of the garden that God said, ‘Don’t eat from it; don’t even touch it or you’ll die.’” The serpent told the Woman, “You won’t die. God knows that the moment you eat from that tree, you’ll see what’s really going on. You’ll be just like God, knowing everything, ranging all the way from good to evil.” When the Woman saw that the tree looked like good eating and realized what she would get out of it—she’d know everything!—she took and ate the fruit and then gave some to her husband, and he ate. Immediately the two of them did “see what’s really going on”—saw themselves naked! They sewed fig leaves together as makeshift clothes for themselves.

Matthew 4:1-11 The Message

Jesus was taken into the wild by the Spirit for the Test. The Devil was ready to give it. Jesus prepared for the Test by fasting forty days and forty nights. That left him, of course, in a state of extreme hunger, which the Devil took advantage of in the first test: “Since you are God’s Son, speak the word that will turn these stones into loaves of bread.” Jesus answered by quoting Deuteronomy: “It takes more than bread to stay alive. It takes a steady stream of words from God’s mouth.” For the second test the Devil took him to the Holy City. He sat him on top of the Temple and said, “Since you are God’s Son, jump.” The Devil goaded him by quoting Psalm 91: “He has placed you in the care of angels. They will catch you so that you won’t so much as stub your toe on a stone.” Jesus countered with another citation from Deuteronomy: “Don’t you dare test the Lord your God.” For the third test, the Devil took him to the peak of a huge mountain. He gestured expansively, pointing out all the earth’s kingdoms, how glorious they all were. Then he said, “They’re yours—lock, stock, and barrel. Just go down on your knees and worship me, and they’re yours.” Jesus’ refusal was curt: “Beat it, Satan!” He backed his rebuke with a third quotation from Deuteronomy: “Worship the Lord your God, and only him. Serve him with absolute single-heartedness.” The Test was over. The Devil left. And in his place, angels! Angels came and took care of Jesus’ needs.