As we prepare for the coming week's sermon, let us begin with prayer:
Companion in life an death,
your love is steadfast and never ends;
our weeping may linger with night,
but you give joy in the morning.
Touch us with your healing grace
that, restored to wholeness,
we may live out our calling as your resurrection people. Amen.
This week's readings follow closely on last Sunday's. Our reading from 2 Samuel continues the complicated story of David as we hear his lament over the death of Saul, a lament that is echoed in the cry of Psalm 130. Alternatively, readings from the Wisdom of Solomon and Lamentations offer comforting and reassuring words of hope to those for whom hope may seem out of reach, whether in the days of the Babylonian captivity or now.
We rejoin Jesus on the other side of the sea where the crowds once again gather around him and he is met by Jairus, one of the synagogue leaders, who implores him to come quickly to the bedside of his daughter who is dying. Jesus goes with Jairus, but on his way he is touched by the hemorrhaging woman and is waylaid as he stops to speak with her. Meanwhile, the sick girl dies and when Jesus finally arrives he is met by professional mourners, whom he dismisses as he enters and says to the girl, "Talitha cum." This passage from Mark is rich with possibilities; our own Wil Gafney has challenged us to tackle the "unspeakable" head on and actually use the v-word (vagina) in our sermons. Are we up for that? Or will we take this story in another direction?
Join us for the discussion--questions, ideas, ponderings, inspiration, poems, thoughts for children all are welcome.
(And SORRY for the late posting!)