06/27/21

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We are glad that you are here this morning. We hope this time of worship nurtures
your faith enlivens your spirit and engages your mind as we celebrate God’s
love and healing for the world with the resurrection of Christ, our Risen Lord.

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READ THE SERMON

June 27, 2021
Rev. Denise Clark-Jones

“HEALED, SAVED & RETURNED TO LIFE”

“How the mighty have fallen,” we say with a delighted sneer. This phrase, repeated three times in David’s poetic lament over the deaths of Saul and Jonathan, is often spoken today with schadenfreude, the joy of someone else’s misfortune. We applaud when we perceive justice for the unjust. But in David’s poem, these are words of intense grief. He mourns Israel’s loss of a king and an heir, ending with his personal grief of losing a close friend. David portrays Death as the enemy that has defeated Saul and Jonathan and he urges all of Israel to mourn with him. The psalmist expresses Israel’s grief in being separated from God by her sins. In our gospel reading from Mark, Jesus heals two women from death, one literally and the other figuratively. With the specter of death always encroaching on our peripheral sight, our scripture texts for today have some good news on which we can focus.

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Almighty God, you have built your Church upon the foundation of the
apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone:
Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their teaching, that
we may be made a holy temple acceptable to you; through Jesus Christ
our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.