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Resources for the 6th Sunday after Pentecost
St. Thomas Day - St. Thomas, the Doubter

Prayer for a Heart of Giving
(Epistle text):

We give our thanks to you for the gifts you have given to us -- our life, our family and friends -- time, talents and material possessions. All we have comes from you. Help us to remember this always and rejoice in your generosity.

Help us on our spiritual journey, so that we may constantly renew our relationship with you and all people of our parish community.
Give us the strength and courage to become better followers of Jesus, to be disciples. Help us always to hear the call to live the Stewardship Way of Life. Amen.



Children's Messages

Sermon Excerpt

Death Where is Thy Sting?
Mark 5: 21-43
JP in NJ

In her novel "The Living," Annie Dillard describes this scene from a funeral: "Hugh stood with stiff Lulu and supple Bert at the graveside. The Nooksacks stood together with their preacher. Before the funeral , in mourning for his father, they had shrieked and pounded on boards. . .

 "At last big-faced Norval Tawes read Scripture and prayed. 'O death, where is thy sting?' Norval Tawes called out, and his little black eyes glittered on Hugh. Hugh thought, 'Just about everywhere, since you ask.'" This week I've read the stories of the raising of Jairus' daughter and of the woman who could not stop bleeding--I've read them over and over--and I confess, I'm stuck in the sting.

Oh, I know Jairus was a bigshot in the synagogue and the woman was a lowly, anonymous face in the crowd. I know the traditional reading of these stories: that the kingdom of God shows no favoritism. I suppose I could expand on that point, but this week I've found it hard to see beyond the sting in the story.

After all, Jairus was a daddy. A daddy of a little girl who adored him, who crawled up on his lap, a little girl who sang songs to him, wanted nothing more than to play with him.... Subscribers: click here for the full manuscript


Not a Zero-Sum Reality
based on Mark 5:21-43
Rev. Karen A. Goltz

            By and large, Mark’s gospel is pretty linear in its structure.  It’s fast-paced, but it’s linear.  Things happen very quickly in Mark; everything takes place immediately, as soon as, or at once, but it all takes place one thing at a time.  Until today. Today’s reading lumps two stories together, intertwining them, events of one impacting the events of the other.  Why?  What’s so special about these two stories?

            They’re both healing stories.  No surprise there: Mark’s gospel is full of healing stories.  They’re both about women being healed—again, nothing remarkable about that.  The very first healing narrative Mark provides is Jesus curing Peter’s mother-in-law of a fever.  But there are differences between the pair, as well.

            The first striking difference is the manner in which the healing takes place.  Jairus begs Jesus to heal his daughter, and Jesus consents.  We can only assume that had Jesus said no, Jairus would have accepted that answer and gone home alone.  The woman, on the other hand, essentially sneaks up behind Jesus and takes her healing like a pickpocket taking a wallet.  Her hope is to remain hidden and anonymous in the crowd, and only comes forward when it becomes clear that Jesus isn’t going anywhere until he gets some answers.... Subscribers: click here for the full manuscript


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