Christ United Methodist Church
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Called & Empowered by Christ to Love, Serve, Witness
(920) 261-0736 ♦ email@example.com
Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
*We are now on Facebook*
*Sundays: 8:00 a.m.
Informal with guitar by the river - approx. Mid-May to Mid-October
In the sanctuary - approx. Mid-October to Mid-May
*Sundays: 10:00 a.m.
Traditional service with organ and bell choir
*Sundays: 8:45 a.m.
Sunday School for children youth and adults- September 1 to May 30
*Tuesdays: 10:30 a.m.
Highland Village Bible Study
*Wednesdays: 3:30 to 4:45 p.m.
Confirmation Class for all students in Grades 7 and 8 (approx. Sept. thru May)
June 28, 2015
He's Got the Touch
Our passage for Sunday is interesting. It captures our interest because it replays the story of Jesus performing not one, but two, healing miracles. I appreciate the way Mark weaves two stories together.
The passage begins with a prominent Jewish citizen, Jairus, seeking Jesus' help for his dying daughter. And, as Jesus starts off with him to attend to the ailing girl, a subplot is injected. Jesus, touched by a woman suffering from a chronic condition, stops and responds to her. Then he continues on his way to revive the girl who, by this time, has died.
Mark makes a remarkable statement about Jesus simply by the way this story is structured. We learn, obviously, that Jesus is a willing healer. There is no indication of hesitation or question. Jesus simply heard Jairus' request and started off with him to care for his little girl.
Now it could be said that this was "good politics". Jairus was a leader of the synagogue and currying his favor would give Jesus credibility, which would help to promote his ministry. But, good PR apparentlywas not on Jesus' mind. He allowed himself to be distracted by the touch of the suffering woman.
When he sensed her presence, he stopped, "looked around carefully" (not "hurriedly" or "impatiently") and related to her. He listened to her story, kindly responded to her confession, acknowledged her faith, and pronounced her healed. Then he sent her on her way with peace. All the time, remember, the worried father of a dying girl stood by as his child died.
Of course, the story has a happy ending - the girl came back to life and had lunch. That, however, isn't the point. The point is that Jesus took the time and made the effort to be present for both - a privileged girl and an unclean woman. Jesus played no favorites. His actions were not dictated by position, power or prestige. His healing touch was (and is) there for everyone.
This message, however, is complicated. As encouraging as it is - Jesus offers his healing touch to those who believe - the reality is that not everyone who believes or prays finds recovery from disease or dismay that they would want. Well, at least not in the way these two did. We are all painfully aware of what seems to be unanswered prayer. But is prayer really left unanswered? Or, does God respond in unexpected ways?
The stories of the woman and the girl remind us that God touches us in different ways. Not simply in the form of miraculous physical healing, but also through the touch of acceptance and care. Recent events, like the shootings in Charleston, remind us that healing can be found even in tragedy. The nine victims cannot be raised from the dead, but the survivors can begin the journey to wholeness through acts of faith, such as forgiving the one who has hurt them the most.
That God-filled response was possible because of a community of faith which held firmly to Gospel values and provided the required support to step beyond anger and retaliation to selfless love.
Grace & peace,
What's Happening Now?
*We Are Now On Facebook!!
Catch up-to-date news and announcements happening in our church on Facebook. Just enter www.facebook.com/watertowncumc or click on the Facebook icon above. Then enter your email address and Facebook password and like it. You will then see what is happening here at CUMC. Learn about our Pig Road and see pictures of our outdoor worship service. You can also catch church cancellations, worshipping outdoors or any other last minute information about events. Check it out.
14 tickets are still available for the circuit churches to attend a Mallards game in Madison on Friday, July 17, at 4:30 p.m. Cost of this event is $18 per person, which includes food that will be provided at the game from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Sign up in the narthex to attend this fun event! If you have already signed up but did not pay for your tickets yet, please get them paid now. Thanks.
*Summer Sandwiches in the Park
Summer Sandwiches has begun. There are still a few items we are in need of. They include: 100% juice boxes, grape jelly, brown lunch bags, napkins, plastic spoons, flexible straws, disinfectant wipes, bottled water and large bottles of hand sanitizer.
*Sunday Special Music Needed
Special music is needed for our 10:00 a.m. summer worship services. If you, or someone you now, has any musical talent and would like to share it with us, please contact Vicki Larsen at 261-7243 or the church office.
*Fireside Christian Concert - August 4
The Brown Family will be featured at the concert on Tuesday, August 4. A buffet of fish and chicken will be served at 5:30 p.m., with the concert at 7:30 p.m. Cost of the tickets is $36 per person. Sign up on the sheet in the narthex if interested in attending. I need to call the number of people attending to Fireside by Wednesday, July 1. Any questions, call the church office.