Jesus continues his healing work, but ups his game. Not only does he heal a woman who had been cast out from society for twelve years, but he even raises a girl from the dead. Why church? Because the church tells and lives the resurrection story.
INTRODUCTION & REFLECTION
Call to Worship
L: We gather to plead for God to come and restore our little suffering ones.
C: Saying, come touch them and they will be made well.
L: We gather to reach out and touch God hoping to find restoration.
C: Saying, if we but touch him, we will be made well.
L: We gather to follow God into places of weeping, fear and dying.
C: Saying, if we but follow him, we will see resurrection, and all will be well.
Prayer of the Day
Give us faith to reach out to you, to plead for what we need and to seek life for those we love. Give us courage to follow you to dark and grieving places, so that we may see you spark again the light of life into our lives. Amen.
• Draw Us in the Spirit’s Tether- ELW #470
• We Come to You for Healing, Lord- ELW #617
• Come Down, O Love Divine- ELW #804
• Counting Every Blessing- Rend Collective
• I Will Rise- Tomlin, et.al.
• Come to the Quiet- John Michael Talbot
Narrator: 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 23 and begged him repeatedly,
Jairus: “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.”
Narrator: 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,
Hemorrhaging Woman: “If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.”
Narrator: 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,
Jesus: “Who touched my clothes?”
Narrator: And his disciples said to him,
Disciples: “You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, ‘Who touched me?’”
Narrator: 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,
Jesus: “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”
Narrator: While he was still speaking, some people came from the leader’s house to say,
People: “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any further?”
Narrator: But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue,
Jesus: “Do not fear, only believe.”
Narrator: 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,
Jesus: “Why do you make a commotion and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping.”
Narrator: 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,
Jesus: “Talitha cum,”
Narrator: 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.
I found both of these articles to be quite interesting. The first is a medical doctor who gives a theological perspective. The second is from a science website which shares “resurrection” happenings that are experienced in our world. The take away for me is that God loves the whole world and gives a glimpse of miraculous resurrections in this world, but more importantly The Church is at its best when it speaks to the fact that the Church didn’t create the resurrection, resurrection created the Church.
Collect things that involve touch.
What are some things that we like to touch? (Teddy bear, blanket, toys, etc.) What are some things that we should not touch? (Breakables, medicine, the new car, etc.)
Touch is one of our 5 senses. It’s nice to hug our stuffed animals or to wrap in a blanket if we are cold.
In today’s story, we hear about two people who were sick. They knew that if they could only touch Jesus, they would be made well. One man travelled a long way to find Jesus and bring him home to his very sick daughter.
Another was a woman who had been sick for 12 years. She knew that if she could only get near enough to Jesus to touch him, she would be made well. Jesus agreed to go to the little girl who was very ill. On the way, the woman pushed through the crowd to touch Jesus and he felt her touch him. Immediately, she was healed! Jesus turned to her and did not say: do not touch! Instead, he said that her faith had made her well. She had a new life because she was made well. She was not sick anymore.
When Jesus got to the house of the little girl, he found that she had died. But Jesus touched her and made her well again so that she could live. He gave her knew life! Because they believed, amazing things happened.
Here at church, we learn about these stories of resurrection. How could we give someone new life? Perhaps with a hug or a card or a smile. We can be touched with love and share that love with others because Jesus shows us the way to live. With God all things are possible. So why church? Because the church tells and lives the resurrection story. Let’s pray.