LESSON: Luke 13:10-17 (NRSV, alt)
MESSAGE: “The healing we do on the Sabbath”
This Sunday we’ll be taking a close look at a time when Jesus healed a woman who had been suffering for 18 years with an illness that had kept her hunched over in pain. He does this right in the middle of worship in the synagogue. While most of the people gathered we elated to celebrate this healing, there were a few who thought this was completely inappropriate behavior for the Sabbath – because worship is a time that is set aside as holy and free of work, and not only was this a disruption, but by healing, Jesus was doing work on the Sabbath.
This brings up some good questions about what worship is actually for. It’s a time that we set aside each week for holiness – but isn’t this also a time that we carve out for other things like community, celebration, and maybe even healing? What might we do to set the stage for healing during our sabbath time of worship? I’m going to bet that there are going to be some inappropriate things we have to embrace to get to the appropriateness of the healing that God has for us.
Blessings and peace,
This Sunday we will have a guest pianist John Arcaro.
John Arcaro is a professor in the piano department at Berklee School of Music. An an excellent jazz pianist, his performances include playing with Boston Musica Viva, Rebecca Parris, and Carol Sloane, among others, and he has accompanied other well-known artists such as Diahann Carroll, Pat Cooper, Vic Damone and Jimmy Tingle.
Mark your calendars: SUNDAY SCHOOL RALLY DAY IS COMING
September 8th. All students are invited to attend our Rally day activities. There will be a breakfast before worship to celebrate everyone returning from summer vacation. During worship we will be invited to go downstairs for some fun and games. As always you can remain in worship if you wish, but all grades Pre k-12th grade are welcome to come down and play. Nursery will also be open.