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Transitions: HOW?

Today we may all be on the edge or in the middle of some sort of season of “How?” And that’s why we’re reaffirming baptism today. Because it’s in baptism that we remember what we’re all supposed to be about. It’s in baptism that the Holy Spirit first starts pouring spiritual gifts into our lives. It’s in this community, living this baptismal covenant together, that we’re learning how to use these gifts and to live as Christ’s representatives on mission with him in the world.

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    References:

  • 1 Samuel 17:(1a, 4-11, 19-23) 32-49
  • Psalm 9:9-20 (UMH 744)
  • 2 Corinthians 6:1-13
  • Mark 4:35-41

Healing Hands: BRING LIFE

Today marks the beginning of a new five-week series. This series follows Jesus in the Gospel of Mark and John as his ministry begins to take shape and become known through the land.

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    References:

  • 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27
  • Psalm 130
  • 2 Corinthians 8:7-15
  • Mark 5:21-43

Healing Hands: SEND FORTH

Today’s service focuses on Jesus sending the disciples forth in twos to spread the good news of the gospel. You may take some time in your service to recognize your church’s mission work in the local or global community.

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    References:

  • 2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10
  • Psalm 48
  • 2 Corinthians 12:2-10
  • Mark 6:1-13

Healing Hands: BECOME KNOWN

Today’s service focuses on how the news of Jesus’ gospel is spreading through the land. It has reached the ear of King Herod at his court. This week, consider celebrating a reaffirmation of baptism in your church.

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    References:

  • 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19
  • Psalm 24
  • Ephesians 1:3-14
  • Mark 6:14-29

Healing Hands: Draw Crowds

Today’s service focuses on the crowds that flocked to Jesus wherever he went. They sought healing from him, just by being in his presence or touching the hem of his robe. This movement of crowds following Jesus from place to place inspired this week’s ritual action. We suggest a “movement song” (a congregational song that both encourages us and enables us to move as we sing) that can be sung as a response in the midst of ritual, or even as a song that is sung in the midst of the sending as people go into the world.

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    References:

  • Samuel 7:1-14a
  • Psalm 89:20-37
  • Ephesians 2:11-22
  • Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

Healing Hands: Feed the World

This is the last week in this series. The feeding of the five thousand as read from John drives home the fact that Jesus truly feeds the world, physically and spiritually. This week, we invite you to consider celebrating the end of the series with a community meal. Organize it in the way that your community does best, perhaps catered by the church or potluck style. Advertise it throughout the four weeks leading up to this last one, and be sure to invite your community — whatever that means to you!

View the July 2018 Healing Hands Series Overview »

    References:

  • 2 Samuel 11:1-15
  • Psalm 14
  • Ephesians 3:14-21
  • John 6:1-21