Offertory Prayer

Invitation to the Offering
The offering you made last week empowered ministry within our congregation and in response to the needs of our community. It also helped support the work of ministries beyond the local church that reach people who are in desperate need to feel the touch of love and reconciliation. Through the World Service Fund, your church supports a great tradition of United Methodist support for Higher Education. Providing scholarships and loans, a network of college chaplains, and an ongoing relationship with 113 colleges, universities and seminaries that are part of our connection – together we open doors to education for many deserving students. This ministry happens thanks to the generous support of United Methodists like you. I invite you once again to give generously as we worship God through the sharing of our gifts, tithes and offerings.

Learn more about the work of our General Board of Higher Education & Ministry at www.gbhem.org

September 14, 2014 -- Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost/in Kingdomtide
Merciful God, you have filled our lives with a deluge of love and grace. Yet we are too often stingy with forgiveness for others. While Christ’s sacrifice on the cross removed the weight of our sin, we continue to blend in with a world that is intent on keeping score and settling debts. May the gifts we give this morning, small in comparison with all we’ve received, help strengthen the church’s ministry of love and compassion. In our giving, may we make a witness as those who have been forgiven much and who seek to have Christlike grace shine through our lives. We pray this in his name. Amen. (Matthew 18:21-35)
"Prayers by Ken Sloan. Copyright General Board of Discipleship. www.GBOD.org Used by permission."

Monday, June 22, 2009

In need of healing, A reflection on Mark 5:21-34

Earlier lessons from Mark: From a small seed grows a large tree. Parables are used for people not ready to hear the explanation. In a storm, even disciples get scared. In the calm, even disciples wonder who Jesus is.

In this week's lesson, two people approach Jesus. Like the disciples from last week, they are in trouble. Like them, they turn to Jesus. Unlike them, one of those approaching him is a leader of the synagogue. He comes publicly. The other is a woman who has been suffering from a hemorrhage for over a decade.

An insider and an outsider. Both have faith in him. (Look back at the verses the lectionary skipped, 5:1-20. Jesus performs exorcisms in gentile territory.)

The disciples seem pretty much oblivious. He healed a woman right in front of them, but they don't notice. They are overwhelmed by the crowd.

Not the main point, but an interesting one, nevertheless. What great healings of ungreat people are happening and we don't see it or expect it?

2 comments:

zeke said...

i was struck by another message. jesus is in a hurry to heal jairus' daughter. it is an important person (a pharisee?) who is asking his help. in the middle of this "ambulance call" jesus stops the ambulance. someone else has taken his attention away from the girl. that someone else is supposed to be an outcast someone separated from the community by her bloody discharge. yet this outcast is the most important person in the world to him at that moment. he takes time and allows her to tell him her story. he tells her to go in peace. jesus' mission was to seek the outcast and make them whole. churches too should not be content with "churching" the people who comfortably sit in the pews, but should reach out to the misfits and those who struggle. the question is how do we do that? do we content ourselves with the fact that all are welcome at our church or do we meet them on their own turf.

Una Malachica said...

now you've got me pondering. what do we mean by the phrase "our church"? If we are followers of Jesus, why are we making a distinction between the turf that is theirs and the turf that is ours? That is, whose church is it, anyway?