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“Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” Have you ever had the experience of reading scripture, and you come across a verse and it hits you and you say to yourself, “Oh yeah, that one’s for me.” “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” Those words just get me. Because I’m tired, life is busy, and in ministry there’s always lots to do and more that you could do, and you have ups and downs, and you get stressed and you don’t eat well and you start worrying about things. . . and I bet lots of you know what I’m talking about. Sometimes you just need to go to a quiet place and rest. Jesus is talking to his disciples here, those who had just

Accept or Reject

Our readings this morning may seem an odd collection at first glance. The Old Testament reading is about David finally, after seven and a half years, being accepted as King of Israel. The New Testament reading from 2 Corinthians has Paul telling us of an amazing vision and spiritual experience. And the gospel which we just heard is the story of Jesus’ less than spectacular return to his hometown of Nazareth. At first glance, these stories don’t seem to have a lot in common. But there is one theme that I find in each of these readings and that is the theme of acceptance and rejection, and so we’re going to explore that a bit this morning. All of us encounter moments and face decisions of

The Edge

“Your daughter is dead.” I can’t imagine any words more devastating. I don’t know how I would react if that happened but I expect that if I was told my child was dead, I would fall apart, overwhelmed by fear and despair - just like Jairus, the leader of the synagogue in today’s gospel. This text is one of the most carefully and artfully crafted narratives in all of Mark’s gospel. It is the story of Jairus and his daughter; but it is also the story of the woman who has suffered from hemorrhages for twelve years. The two stories play off one another: the sick girl is introduced as a daughter, the anonymous woman is named at the end as “Daughter”. The woman has been bleeding for twelve year

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