Sunday July 11 2021
THe Rest of the sTory: Jesus & the Paralyzed Man
Rev Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch
This is a story of healing, but the rest of the story is about the power of communal faith.
1 When he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. 2 So many gathered around that there was no longer room for them, not even in front of the door; and he was speaking the word to them. 3 Then some people[a] came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. 4 And when they could not bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; and after having dug through it, they let down the mat on which the paralytic lay. 5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” 6 Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, 7 “Why does this fellow speak in this way? It is blasphemy! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 8 At once Jesus perceived in his spirit that they were discussing these questions among themselves; and he said to them, “Why do you raise such questions in your hearts? 9 Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Stand up and take your mat and walk’? 10 But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the paralytic— 11 “I say to you, stand up, take your mat and go to your home.” 12 And he stood up, and immediately took the mat and went out before all of them; so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”
MARK 2:1-12 NRSV
Call to worship
As a community of faith, curious and doubtful together, we come to worship.
We gather to listen and speak to sing and pray, to be with God.
Nothing can come between us and God because we know:
It is out of God’s authority, it is because of God’s love, that we live.
Let us affirm together why we worship, for in saying this we will also be affirming our faith.
We worship to reveal ourselves to God and to each other, to look for what we have lost, to glue together broken pieces of life, to refit the scattered jigsaw puzzles of our lives and the world’s life, to renew our vision of the life of Jesus Christ, that we might know more sharply and unmistakably what Christ’s way really means, to seek to get the point of the greatest drama on earth, to find our own roles, and learn our own lines from the director of all history. Amen.