Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Children's Sabbath

Good afternoon brothers and sisters,
Sunday we finished a long series of preaching and daily readings taking us on a tour through the Bible. This week we shift our focus to thinking about children. We know that children are our future. We also know that today's kids face all kinds of challenges and pressures. This coming Sunday we will observe the Children's Sabbath, led by a group called the Children's Agenda. Children's Agenda works to raise awareness of the difficulties facing kids in Rochester. As a major concern in our society, that's a major concern for the church too. The first part of our children's Sabbath will be a prayer vigil in front of the city school district building (131 West Broad Street, downtown between Plymouth and Washington) at 8 am on Sunday morning with other urban Presbyterian churches.

Today's reading shows Jesus healing two women, a girl with a powerful father and a woman who would have been an outcast with nothing. Jesus loves all of us, no matter what.

God bless,

Matthew 9:18-26
18While he was saying these things to them, suddenly a leader of the synagogue came in and knelt before him, saying, “My daughter has just died; but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live.” 19And Jesus got up and followed him, with his disciples. 20Then suddenly a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his cloak, 21for she said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be made well.” 22Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, “Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And instantly the woman was made well. 23When Jesus came to the leader’s house and saw the flute players and the crowd making a commotion, 24he said, “Go away; for the girl is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him. 25But when the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took her by the hand, and the girl got up. 26And the report of this spread throughout that district.

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