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June 27th, 2021: Pentecost 5

A Congregational Letter to Morgan’s Point and Forks Road East United Churches

Remember the Children

Let me begin this week’s letter by wishing you all a happy Canada Day this week. On July 1st may you and your families feel God’s blessings in your time together. Also, I want to ask you to get your calendars handy right now. I need you to mark on them - Sunday, August 1st. This is the Sunday we will be having two outdoor worship services. The Morgan’s Point Worship Service will begin at 9:30 a.m., and, then, the Forks Road East Worship Service will begin at 11:00 a.m. We will bring our lawn chairs, masks, and be prepared to stay socially distanced. Whitney will bring her electric piano. Following the worship services there will be opportunity for us to catch up with gabbing and sharing stories of our families, as we remain socially distanced. It will be a wonderful time of worship and fellowship. If it should rain on August 1st, we will gather out of doors on Sunday August 8th, at Morgan’s Point and Forks Road East, at our regular times.

The Gospel Lesson this week comes from the Gospel of Mark 5:21-43. Our passage, today, has two stories folded into one. The first story is of Jairus. He was one of the rulers of the synagogue. His twelve-year old daughter fell ill, and was at the point of death, when Jairus fell at Jesus’ feet pleading with him to help his daughter. As Jesus and Jairus made their way to Jairus’ home, a poor suffering woman, who for twelve years had been haemorrhaging, crept close to Jesus and touched the hem of his garment. She was immediately healed. Jairus’ daughter was, also, later healed.

These very powerful faithful stories of hope and healing teach us that when we come to Jesus with empty hands of faith, open and honest with our need for him, Jesus‘ power of love and healing races towards us. That is the grace of God. Jesus says to all of us, “If you need me, come to me.” When we come to Jesus with an honest faith, reaching out in hope for his healing presence, Jesus will turn to us in his grace. When we come to Jesus with our open hands of faith, he accepts that request as a faith worthy of new life, and receives us with his healing presence and resurrection hope.

Jesus, always, gives us more than we can ever imagine. Faith in Jesus is no leap into a dark uncertainty. It is a leap into the light of Jesus where we find cleansing, healing, and eternal life. Jesus comes to us, today, asking us to receive his wondrous gift of new life – God’s gift of salvation.

I would invite you, as always, to continue to pray for one another every morning at 10:30, remembering that God grants us wisdom, love, and peace as we hold each other in God’s tender keeping. Much love and care to you all. Keep well and safe.

God’s Blessings,

Pastor Laura

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