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Worship Resources - 01 July 2018

Worship Suggestions

Ordinary Time (Proper 8)

MARK 5:21–43/5:18–35 IV

Trust in Jesus

Additional Scriptures

Lamentations 3:23–33, Psalm 30, 2 Corinthians 8:7–15, Doctrine and Covenants 165:6


Prelude

Centering Hymn

“Santo, santo, santo/Holy, Holy, Holy”     CCS  159

Encourage the congregants to sing in languages other than their own.

OR “Ubi Caritas et Amor”              CCS 152

OR “God of Still Waiting”              CCS 58

Greetings and Statement of Invitation

Our scripture today is one that is familiar to many of us. Jesus encounters two people asking for a miracle. He breaks down barriers of marginalization and ostracism. He opens his arms to all and reminds those who witnessed these events and reminds us today, that nothing can separate us from God’s love. As we continue in our worship this morning, contemplate both the differences and the similarities you encounter in today’s gospel scripture.

Scripture of Praise

Leader: I praise you, O God, because you raised me up and kept my enemies from gloating over me. I cried to you for help, and you healed me.

People: Sing praises to the Lord, you faithful people; give thanks to God’s holy name.

Leader: Our God’s anger is but for a moment; God’s favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning.

People: You turned my mourning into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, so that my soul may praise you and not be silent.

All:         O Lord, my God, I will give thanks to you forever.

—Psalm 30:1–2, 4–5, 11–12, adapted

Hymn of Praise

“Summoned by the God Who Made Us”   CCS 330

OR “Rain Down”               CCS 260

Prayer for Peace

Light the peace candle.

Prayer

O Lord, our God, we come before you with praise and thanksgiving for the beauty of your world. We trust in the infinite mercy and grace that you bestow on us as a part of your creation. You give each of us worth as people. We ask for forgiveness when we do not live up to the potential you have entrusted to us. Help us to be ever more mindful of the needs of those around us—to see where we can be your hands of peace, if we will take the time to seek you and be willing to move out in faith.

We pray that we might be instruments of peace in a troubled world. We pray for the leaders of all the nations of the world—that they may have a desire for peace, that they might be enlightened to those ways that can bring peace—that they can set aside greed and self-interest. We come asking that your love and joy might touch our souls.

All around the world we lift our prayers for renewed courage, greater strength, trust in Jesus, and an endowment of your spirit that our discipleship might be a positive influence in your world.

In Jesus’ name, we pray this prayer of peace. Amen.

For more ideas: The Daily Prayer for Peace services offered at the Temple in Independence, Missouri, can be found on the church’s website as Calendar Events at www.CofChrist.org /daily-prayer-for-peace.

Response

“Tenderly, Tenderly, Lead Thou Me On” (stanza 2)              CCS 256

Disciples’ Generous Response

Scripture Focus: Lamentations 3:22–24

As you share financially through Mission Tithes, or if you give regularly through eTithing, please use this time to consider your commitment and how you will tithe to your true capacity of time, talent, and testimony.

Blessing and Receiving of Local and Worldwide Mission Tithes

Sung Affirmation (to be sung as the offering is received)

“Great Is Thy Faithfulness” (stanzas 1 and 3)          CCS 11

The first Sunday of the month focuses on Abolish Poverty, End Suffering which includes Oblation and World Hunger ministry.

For additional ideas, see Disciples’ Generous Response Tools at www.CofChrist.org/disciples -generous-response-tools.

Scripture Reading

Mark 5:21–43/5:18–35 IV

Hymn

“Beauty for Brokenness”               CCS 302

OR “Bear Each Other’s Burdens”                CCS 374

OR “Lwe, lwe”   CCS 218

Sermon

Based on Mark 5:21–43/5:18–35 IV

Preparation for the Sacrament: Spiritual Practice

Prayer of Examen

This prayer is usually given at the close of the day as a review of where God was active. For this service, have it reflect on what has happened since the congregation’s last Communion experience. End the prayer by focusing on the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper that is to come.

For examples, and to learn how to do the Prayer of Examen go to: www.CofChrist.org /spiritual-practice-prayer-of-examen.

The Lord’s Supper

Hymn of Preparation

“Is There One Who Feels Unworthy?”       CCS 526

OR “We Meet as Friends at Table”             CCS 532

Prepare emblems as hymn is sung.

Blessing and Serving of the Bread and Wine

Testimony of Commitment

Invite one or two people to share a brief personal testimony of commitment.

OR Commitment Reading

Ruth Duck, author of the hymn text, “With Gifts That Differ by Your Grace” stated that “faithfully using the gifts God places within us is one of the greatest challenges of the spiritual journey. Will we bury our gifts, use them for self alone, or employ them as we take our part in building human community and glorifying God?” (www.windsorparkunitedchurch.com/worship /notes-on-the-notes/notes-on-the-notes-january-20-2013).

Read “With Gifts That Differ by Your Grace” CCS 328. To close the reading, read the last two sentences of stanza 3 a second time.

Hymn of Sending Forth

“Now Let Us from This Table Rise”            CCS 644

OR “Now Go in Joy”        CCS 659

Benediction

Response

Sending Forth

Doctrine and Covenants 165:6

Postlude

Sermon Helps

Ordinary Time (Proper 8)

MARK 5:21–43 

Exploring the Scripture

Today’s passage centers on two healings interwoven by a literary technique used often by the author of Mark. Called the Markan sandwich, one story is interrupted or “sandwiched” by another. In this case, there is a healing within a healing. The purpose is to highlight each story by using the other. Therefore, if possible, the preacher should use the stories together to highlight the theme. 

Besides Jesus, there are two central characters that inspire discussing acts of faith: Jairus, the synagogue leader, and the unnamed woman with a hemorrhage. Jairus, a male, is an important leader. He has a name and is well connected to the community. On the other hand, the woman has no name and is a social outcast. Jairus is wealthy and influential while the hemorrhaging woman is impoverished and unclean. Jairus approaches Jesus directly while the woman tries to draw close to Jesus secretly and quietly. However, both have lost hope and are in despair. Both are frantic and persistent.

Also, Jairus and the woman break social norms through their actions. Jairus prostrates himself humbly in front of Jesus, begging repeatedly—an action a man of his social stature would not do. The woman, unclean and impoverished, violates purity standards by presenting herself in public and pushing through the crowd. She then crosses gender boundaries by touching the clothes of a male teacher. Jairus’ and the woman’s faith displays courage, persistence, and daring.

Both are blessed by Jesus. However, note that Jesus, who is on the way to provide ministry to Jairus’ daughter, is interrupted by the hemorrhaging woman. This part of the story is essential to a proper understanding of the passage. Jesus allows his service to Jairus, an advantaged member of the community, to be disrupted by the ministry needs of a socially outcast, no-name woman. In other words, the theological message is that the needs of the least, lonely, and lost are dealt with before those of the powerful and socially connected.

The process of the woman’s healing also provides important insight to our Christian journey. In verse 29, it appears the healing is complete. The hemorrhaging has stopped and the woman feels she is healed from the disease. However, Jesus doesn’t move on from there. Rather, he requires more engagement with the healed woman. He wants to meet her. When the woman approaches him in fear and trembling, Jesus then provides a complete healing. He addresses her publicly and calls her “daughter,” an endearing term that brings her back into relationship with others. Jesus encourages her to go in peace (shalom), liberates her from the physical affliction, and heals her completely by giving her full reintegration into the community.

The full meaning of the story is not complete without a mention of Jairus’ 12-year-old daughter. She deepens the meaning of the story of Jesus’ healing and ministry. Both the hemorrhaging woman and girl are powerless. They are female victims of illness who are unclean. The woman is bleeding and the girl is dead.

Mark connects the two further by using the number 12, which was significant in the Jewish tradition. The woman bleeds for 12 years. The girl is 12. Jesus calls the woman “daughter” and the other is a daughter in the story. They are socially unclean or dead. However, both are healed and restored to life and to the community. 

Central Ideas

  1. Faith calls for humility, persistence, risk, courage, and difficult actions in seemingly hopeless circumstances.
  2. Healing includes full reintegration into the community and a right relationship with God.
  3. Jesus’ ministry in this text clearly suggests that a high priority for ministry is to those who are socially outcast and least visible. 

Questions to Consider

  1. Jesus is interrupted in his ministry by Jairus, and then by the woman with a hemorrhage. Have you ever been interrupted in your ministry to do another form of ministry?
  2. What does faith mean to you and to the congregation? What are the qualities of one who has faith?
  3. How do you hold on to faith when your most serious and steadfast pleas do not result in the answers you want?
  4. How are you called to serve frantic, desperate, and troublesome people like Jairus and the unnamed woman?
  5. Is there a difference in the call of faith between the advantaged and disadvantaged of society?

Small-group Worship Suggestions

Ordinary Time

Mark 5:21–43 NRSV

The Facilitator Notes provide an overview of Sacred Space and how to use the resource to best meet ministry needs. This is a must read for first-time users.

The weekly outline and handouts provide everything needed to plan and facilitate a scripture-focused Sacred Space gathering and includes additional options such as Thoughts for Children.


Gathering

Welcome

Prayer for Peace

Ring a bell or chime three times slowly.
Light the peace candle.

O Lord, our God, we come before you with praise and thanksgiving for the beauty of your world. We trust in the infinite mercy and grace that you bestow on us as part of your creation. You give each of us worth. We ask for forgiveness when we do not live up to the potential you have entrusted to us. Help us to be ever more mindful of the needs of those around us. Help see where we can be your hands of peace, if we will take the time to seek you and be willing to move in faith.

We pray we might be instruments of peace in a troubled world. We pray the leaders of all nations may desire peace, be enlightened about how they can bring peace, and set aside greed and self-interest. We ask that your love and joy might touch our souls.

Around the world we lift our prayers for renewed courage, greater strength, trust in Jesus, and an endowment of your Spirit that our discipleship might positively influence your world.

In Jesus’ name, we pray this prayer of peace. Amen.

Spiritual Practice

Meditating on God’s Name

Materials: paper, pens, or pencils

Read: God said to Moses, “I Am who I Am.” He said further, “Thus you shall say to the Israelites, ‘I Am has sent me to you’” (Exodus 3:14 NRSV).

We will enter a meditation that includes hearing some of God’s names, listening for new understandings of God’s nature and names, and praying God’s names together as a community.

Slowly read the following names for God aloud and ask group members to listen prayerfully. Suggest they write down the names that speak to them or catch their attention.

Holy One
Loving Parent
Healing Presence
Source of Joy
Ancient One
Awesome God
Creator God
Father of Lights
Compassionate One
Loving Spirit
Gracious Creator
Great Spirit
Grandfather/Grandmother
Great I Am
Beloved Friend
First Breath
Giver of Life
Gentle Shepherd
Mother-Father God
Creator of Beauty
My Rock

We now will enter silent prayer. Spend a few minutes reflecting on how God’s nature has been made known to you. Listen for new names and descriptors for God. Write down names for God that surface during your meditation.

Observe three minutes of silence. Invite participants to read aloud the names for God that have come from the meditation. When sharing is finished, close with “Amen.”

Sharing Around the Table

Mark 5:21–43 NRSV

When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered around him; and he was by the sea. Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet and begged him repeatedly, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live.” So he went with him.

And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him. Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years. She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, for she said, “If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.” Immediately her hemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?” And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, ‘Who touched me?’” He looked all around to see who had done it. But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”

While he was still speaking, some people came from the leader’s house to say, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any further?” But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” He allowed no one to follow him except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James. When they came to the house of the leader of the synagogue, he saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. When he had entered, he said to them, “Why do you make a commotion and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him. Then he put them all outside, and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him, and went in where the child was. He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha cum,” which means, “Little girl, get up!” And immediately the girl got up and began to walk about (she was twelve years of age). At this they were overcome with amazement. He strictly ordered them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.

Today’s passage is about healing. Two central characters come to Jesus: Jairus, the synagogue leader, is wealthy, influential, and well-connected to the community. The unnamed woman with a hemorrhage is a social outcast. She is impoverished and unclean. She draws close to Jesus secretly and quietly.

Jairus and the woman both break social norms when they approach Jesus. Jairus prostrates himself humbly in front of Jesus, begging repeatedly—an unheard-of action for a man of his social stature. The woman violates purity standards by presenting herself in public and pushing through the crowd. She crosses social boundaries by touching the clothes of a male teacher.

Jesus is on the way to Jairus’ daughter when the hemorrhaging woman interrupts him. Jesus allows his service to Jairus, an advantaged member of the community, to be disrupted by the needs of a socially outcast, ritually unclean woman. In other words, he deals with the needs of the least before those of the powerful and socially connected.

After the physical needs of the woman are healed, Jesus searches her out. He wants to meet her. When she approaches him in fear and trembling, Jesus addresses her publicly and calls her “daughter,” a term of caring and endearment that restores her in right relationship with the community. Only then does Jesus go on to raise Jarius’ daughter from her deathbed.

The healings in this passage go beyond bringing physical well-being and include the healings of relationship, social marginalization, and religious impurity.

Faith calls for humility, persistence, risk, courage, and difficult actions in seemingly hopeless circumstances. Healing includes full reintegration into the community and a right relationship with God. Jesus’ ministry in this text clearly suggests a high priority for ministry is to those who are socially outcast and least visible.

Questions

  1. Jesus is interrupted in his ministry by Jairus and then by the woman with a hemorrhage. How would you react if someone’s needs were to take priority over your own?
  2. Is there a difference in the call of faith between the advantaged and disadvantaged of society?
  3. How do you hold onto faith when your most serious and steadfast prayers do not result in the answers you want?
  4. What does faith mean to you? What are the qualities of one who has faith?

Sending

Generosity Statement

“Sharing for the common good is the spirit of Zion” (Doctrine and Covenants 165:2f).

We receive God’s grace and generosity. The offering basket is available if you would like to support ongoing small-group ministries as part of your generous response.

This offering prayer is adapted from A Disciple’s Generous Response:

Covenant God, As we navigate our world of debt and consumerism, help us to save wisely. In this way may we better prepare for the future and create a better tomorrow for our families, friends, the mission of Christ, and the world. Amen.

Invitation to Next Meeting

Closing Hymn

CCS 545, “Lay Your Hands”

Closing Prayer

Optional Additions Depending on Group

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