We are delighted to welcome Don Shunkwiler, executive director of Sugar Creek Bible Camp to all our worship services this weekend. In the midst of January’s cold, it’s a good time to think about summer, and about opportunities to experience faith in a new and special way at Bible Camp! Don will bring a message at worship, and be available during the Sunday School hour to meet with those wanting to hear more about camp!
Worship this weekend:
Saturday — 5:00 p.m. in the chapel
Sunday — 8:30 a.m. — Traditional Worship
9:30 a.m. — Sunday School
10:30 a.m. — Contemporary worship
Devotions for this week:
Jesus heals Jairus’ daughter January 23-24, 2016
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. Mark 5:41-42
Jesus was always being interrupted. No sooner had he returned from the far side of the sea, he encountered a leader of the synagogue asking for help for his gravely ill daughter. Midway on the journey to her bedside, as the crowd pressed in on him, a woman touched his clothes, and he paused to address her also-deep need. Continuing on his way, he came to the girl’s bedside and performed yet another miracle. But he did not yet want it revealed to the world.
Read: Sunday, Mark 5:21-43, Jairus’ Daughter Healed
Monday, Psalm 131
Tuesday, Mark 6:53-56, Healing the Sick in Gennesaret
Wednesday, Mark 7:1-23, The Tradition of the Elders
Thursday, Mark 7:24-30, The Syrophoenician Woman’s Faith
Friday, Mark 7:31-37, Jesus Cures a Deaf Man
Saturday, Mark 8:1-10, Feeding the Four Thousand
How do the people healed in these stories respond to Jesus’ healing?
- What differences and similarities do you notice between the healing of the woman and the healing of the little girl? What do these difference sand similarities mean to you?
- The woman was considered unclean because of her hemorrhaging. Who is considered unclean in your community? How do people become acceptable? Or how do you change your idea of what is acceptable?
Do: Consider what ails you in body, mind, or spirit. Ask Jesus for healing. Ask again. And again.
Bless: May God heal you in body, mind, and spirit. Amen.