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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?
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