. . . one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus . . . and begged him repeatedly, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live.” So he went with him.
And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him. Now there was a woman who . . . had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, for she said, “If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.” . . . Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?” . . . He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.” . . .
From sermon4kids.com: “. . . Jesus said, “Don’t be afraid, only believe!” When you face what seems to be a hopeless situation, remember the words of Jesus, “Only believe!””
Scripture: July 1, 2018—2 Samuel 1:1, 17–27; 2 Corinthians 8:7–15; Psalm 130; and Mark 5:21–43.
Collect: Almighty God, you have built your Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone: Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their teaching, that we may be made a holy temple acceptable to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Reflection: In this week’s readings, various people bring their suffering to God, through lament and the search for healing. How does Christ enable you—and how might you enable others—to be honest with God in doubt and pain?
Sunday School—check with your teacher (Youth are out for the summer)
For the summer, we are exploring how faith and science fit together—or do they? The third video in our summer series talks about lobsters, among other things. So what do lobsters have to do with faith? For this week, pick up your worksheet at church or print from here. Consider how this year has changed your faith—write these changes in the space provided. Write it on your worksheet or share it on Friends of SSSJ facebook page.