Sermon and Worship Resources
Fifth Sunday after Epiphany (B)
Prayer by St. Augustine
let my whole heart
be inflamed with love for you;
let nothing in me belong to me
and let me have no thought for myself;
let me burn
and be wholly consumed in you;
let me love you with my whole being
as one set on fire by you.
Chameleon for Christ, 1
Corinthians 9:16-23 and Mark 1:29-39
by Rev. John Murray
Strength in the Desert,
by Rev. Frank Schaefer
of Serving, Mark 1:29-39,
by Rev. Thomas Hall
Seeing the Needs of Others
sermon based on Mark 1:29-39
by Rev. Randy L Quinn
A few weeks ago, I spoke about party invitations. Today, we are like the
person who arrives at the party and recognizes the need to help in the
kitchen or to open the door for new guests who are arriving. In todayís
text we hear what it means to see the other guests the way Jesus sees
them. We turn our attention from ourselves to Jesus, from what we value
to what he values.
I remember talking to a man who loved to go to large cities and stand on
a street corner looking up at the buildings around him. If he kept his
focus on one particular spot, it wouldnít take long before a crowd was
gathering around, trying to see whatever it was that he was trying to
Thatís when he would stop looking at the building and begin to watch the
crowds. They had no idea why they were looking at the building, but
often they would find something worth pointing out for others to see!
I want to look at the things Jesus is looking at.
I want to see the things he is seeing.
I want to look so intently at the things he is looking at that others
will stand around and wonder what Iím looking at.
I want to allow Jesus to use my eyes and my energies to address needs in
our world today.
With that in mind, I invite you to imagine what it is that Jesus was
seeing as we read our text for today:
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