. . . Then he [Jesus] went about among the villages teaching. He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics.
From sermon4kids.com: “Jesus told you and me to go and make disciples. I wonder if sometimes we delay following his command because we think we aren’t ready. If we would just go, like the Twelve did, he would give us the ability to share the Good News with others. What do you think? Let’s go!”
Scripture: July 8, 2018—2 Samuel 5:1–5, 9–10; 2 Corinthians 12:2–10; Psalm 48; and Mark 6:1–13.
Collect: O God, you have taught us to keep all your commandments by loving you and our neighbor: Grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to you with our whole heart, and united to one another with pure affection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Reflection: Jesus charges his disciples to be vulnerable as he sends them out. The apostle Paul says that he embraces his vulnerability, “for whenever I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Cor. 12:10c). In what ways might God be calling you to be vulnerable today?
Sunday School—check with your teacher (Youth are out for the summer)
Prayer for the week: Almighty and everlasting God,
by your Spirit the whole body of the Church
is governed and sanctified;
hear the prayers we offer
for all your faithful people,
that in the ministry to which you have called us
we may serve you in holiness and truth;
through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ
who is alive with with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God now and for ever. Amen.
For the summer, we are exploring how faith and science fit together—or do they? The fourth video in our summer series looks at the difference between how science versus faith answers the question “What is a human being?” For this week, pick up your worksheet at church or print from here. Consider how science and faith answer the question. Write down what you think. Write it on your worksheet or share it on Friends of SSSJ facebook page.