Crashing, hit a wall.
Right now I need a miracle.
Hurry up now, I need a miracle.
The waiting is the hardest part.
–Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
God’s sense of timing will confound ours, no matter what culture we’re from. His grace rarely operates according to our schedule.
Grant that we may both follow the example of his patience, and also be made partakers of his resurrection.
Sermon Summary: We long for change but it doesn’t seem to come. We hope for something better, but feel powerless to bring it about. Join us Sunday as we consider where–and with whom–hope and healing may be found.
Passage to Consider: Mark 5:21–43
21 And when Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered about him, and he was beside the sea. 22 Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, and seeing him, he fell at his feet 23 and implored him earnestly, saying, “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.” 24 And he went with him.
And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him. 25 And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, 26 and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. 27 She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. 28 For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.” 29 And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 30 And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my garments?” 31 And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?’” 32 And he looked around to see who had done it. 33 But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth. 34 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”
35 While he was still speaking, there came from the ruler’s house some who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” 36 But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” 37 And he allowed no one to follow him except Peter and James and John the brother of James. 38 They came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and Jesus saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. 39 And when he had entered, he said to them, “Why are you making a commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but sleeping.” 40 And they laughed at him. But 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. 41 Taking her by the hand he said to her, “Talitha cumi,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” 42 And immediately the girl got up and began walking (for she was twelve years of age), and they were immediately overcome with amazement. 43 And he strictly charged them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.
Confession of Sin:
Lord, you said,
“If you love me, you will obey what I command.”
Forgive us for our lukewarm love and disobedience.
Lord, you said,
“You may ask for anything in my name.”
Forgive us for trying to solve our problems without you.
Lord, you said,
“Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
Forgive us for submitting to fear and anxiety.
Lord, you also said,
“My blood is poured out for the forgiveness of sins.”
Have mercy on us Lord. We cling to the cross, trusting that you alone have the power to save. Amen.
Song to Consider:
Heal us, Emmanuel, here we are
We long to feel Thy touch
Deep wounded souls to Thee we fly
O Savior hear our cry1. Our faith is feeble, we confess
We faintly trust Thy word
But will You pity us the less?
Be that far from You Lord!2. Remember him who once applied
With trembling for relief
“Lord, I believe,” with tears he cried
“O help my unbelief!”
3. She, too, who touched you in the press
And healing virtue stole
Was answered, “Daughter, go in peace
Thy faith has made thee whole.”
4. Like her, with hopes and fears we come
To touch You if we may
O send us not despairing home
Send none unhealed away
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