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“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” —Ps. 23:1

Sunday, June 28

The Lord’s Day

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Minute for Mission: Active Life

 

Active Life Sunday

 

Michael Whitman

 

 

If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.” (Mark 5:28)

If God is infinite, then why does a sick woman in need of healing reach out to touch Jesus? When a girl needs healing, why does Jesus come to her bedside and hold her hand? For these people, Jesus’ presence and gentle touch were transformational, both spiritually and physically. Today, he calls us also to seek physical and spiritual wellness for ourselves and others.

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) designated today as Active Life How do we, like Jesus, glorify God in all we do? Do we heal the sick? Do we keep our own bodies healthy? Do we praise God through work and play as well as words? Do we welcome people with all types of bodies—all colors, shapes, sizes, and abilities? Do we worship God with heart, mind, soul, and strength—or just the first three? Are we as brave as the woman who came to Jesus in the crowd? The first question is this: “Do you want to be made well?” (John 5:6b)

Active Life Church, which supports Active Life Sunday, is an online community and resource center that helps congregations share Christ’s good news and worship God more fully through physical activities and body-conscious theology. Learn more.

Rev. Alex Becker, pastor, Team Sweaty Sheep new worshiping community, Louisville, Kentucky

Let us pray

Christ, we thank you for being the Word made flesh. As you ministered to those around you through touch, sight, and sound, teach us to make use of our whole selves—body, mind, and spirit—to do your work. Give us the courage to take action and the grace to welcome all with a loving spirit. Amen.

Sunday Lectionary and Hymns

2 Sam. 1:1, 17–27
“My Faith Looks Up to Thee”
GTG 829, HB 378, PH 383

Ps. 130
“Out of the Depths”
GTG 424, PH 240

2 Cor. 8:7–15
“God, Whose Giving Knows
No Ending”
GTG 716, PH 422

Mark 5:21–43
“The Woman Hiding in the Crowd”
GTG 178

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 67; 150
First Reading 1 Samuel 10:1-16
Second Reading Romans 4:13-25
Gospel Reading Matthew 21:23-32
Evening Psalms 46; 93

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