Jesus and his disciples came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. . . . throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. Then Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said to him, “My teacher, let me see again.” Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.
From sermon4kids.com: “Some, like Bartimaeus, receive the gift of sight. Some, like Fanny Crosby, are blind their entire life. One thing is certain, when we get to heaven, we will all see Jesus.”
Scripture: October 28, 2018—Jeremiah 31:7-9; Psalm 126; Hebrews 7:23-28; and Mark 10:46-52.
Collect: Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us the gifts of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Reflection: What particular vision do you seek? What do you want to understand? And when you do see and understand, how will that knowledge, that insight, pull you closer to following Jesus on the way of faith and of peace?
Sunday School—9 am on Sunday
Eye Candy: “Lord, that I might see“, sculpture in the Matyas church in Budapest; “Jesus restores a blind man’s sight” by Matthaeus (the elder) Merian; “The man born blind” by Laura James (scroll down the page); “Bartimeo“, contemporary Mexican icon (scroll down).
Ear Worm: “O Christ, the healer, we have come“, congregational hymn; “He touched me“, sung by Gaither Brothers; “Amazing Grace—My chains are gone“, arranged/sung by Chris Tomlin [a favorite of the editor; this one’s for you, Richard]
Where have you been today, Bartimaeus?
“I’ve been in a world of hunger and fear and darkness.
I’ve been by the side of the road I name despair.
I’ve been cast off, like something beyond repair.”
What have you heard today, Bartimaeus?
“I’ve heard the pain of those who cry for justice.
I’ve heard the pain of those who cry for peace.
I’ve heard someone is near who brings release.”
What do you need today, Bartimaeus?
“I need to know that joy can rise from ashes.
I need to know that hope can rise from grief.
I need to see the sun touch the lifted leaf.”
What did you do today, Bartimaeus?
“I called to the Son of David who comes to save us.
I called to the One who mercy freely gives.
I called to the One whose power opened my grave.”
Where are you going today, Bartimaeus?
“To be with Christ as he brings new days to others.
To follow the One who’s brought me this new sight.
To share with all God’s people this new life.”
Image “Lord that I might see” (see above in “Eye candy”]
We will continue our discussion of the saints last Sunday. We will be reading a litany during 10:30 am worship on November 4th. In addition, I’m asking you to select one of the many saints listed in our litany and create a letter-size description of that saint to include a picture. We will put your creations on the bulletin board. We will also review the next video—Video for “Do I have to believe Jesus performed miracles . . .?”, Chapter 23. See you at 9 am in our room in the main building. See you then!