June 28, 2015 – Fear & Faith

Pentecost 5   June 28, 2015   Mark 5:21-43   Fear & Faith Isaac (Ryong Jae) Jung ****************************************************************** What’s the most precious thing in your life? Some people cherish their fame; some their health; some their family; some their jobs; some their money; some their family background. However, worldly possessions, regardless of quantity or value, will one day disappear. The most important thing we must secure in life is our Savior, Jesus Christ, and he is our one eternal hope. In today’s Scripture from Mark, there are two different stories. The first story speaks about a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages, or constant bleeding, for twelve years. The second story speaks about a daughter of Jairus. His most cherished daughter was dying. These two stories from today’s Gospel lessons are basically identical with many common points. First, we can see the fear and despair in two stories. In the first story, a woman had been bleeding for twelve years. In those days, bleeding of this nature was considered incurable. So she must have become extremely weak. Her life would have been of constant pain. She tried everything to be healed from her disease. She went to many doctors and spent all she had; but instead of getting better, she grew worse. Indeed, this woman must have despaired. According to the Jewish law of her day, women who were in their time of blood flow were to be separated from any direct contact with their congregation because this kind of woman was treated as unclean and impure. This means that she would have been marginalized for twelve years. Her condition of hopelessness and aloneness would have left her with intense psychological pain in her heart. Who could understand, comfort, or heal the pain of both her heart and body? In the second story, a daughter of Jairus became seriously ill. Jairus, the synagogue leader of Capernaum, of the northwestern side of Lake Galilee, had a beloved twelve-year old daughter who lay on her bed dying. He must have tried many things to heal his daughter. But her condition worsened. We can only imagine Jairus’ terrible agony. What should we do when unexpected trouble happens? What should we do when we are surrounded by hopelessness? Let us suppose that you thought you were healthy, but visiting the doctor for a small problem revealed that you had cancer. The fear of death would sweep across your hopeless soul. Let us further suppose that you worked hard to manage your company well, but your company partner went personally bankrupt, which pulled your company into bankruptcy. What would you do in such a case? Life is full of unexpected fears and problems like these. The most challenging aspect of my ministry has been facing those who are sick. There were a lot of people who were sick—physically, emotionally, spiritually—in the church. Fortunately, I was honored to have people open their hearts and share their concerns in life. All I can do is continue praying to God. Second, we can see the faith and hope in two stories. In the first story, this woman heard about Jesus and Jesus healed all her sickness. She, who used to live in utmost hopelessness, now had hope. “I can be healed if I get to meet Jesus.” She really...

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Week of June 28, 2015 – Bourne

THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, June 28th: 11:00 AM Worship Ryong Jae Jung preaching Saturday, July 4th: 9:00 AM Bourne 4th of July Parade Sunday, July 5th: 11:00 AM Worship PASTOR TIM IS AWAY ON VACATION from June 24th through June 30th. Pastor Brian Wood from Swift Memorial UMC will be on call in case of emergencies, (508) 888-0170. THE JULY /AUGUST NEWSLETTER DEADLINE is Tuesday, June 30th. JULY 4TH PARADE: We are looking for anyone who is interested in marching in the 4th of July parade with the church banner this year. Please contact Anne Marie Seitzinger if you are interested in participating. ALL-CHURCH POOL PARTY at the Jensen’s on Sunday, July 12th, after church. Please bring a bathing suit, towel and chair if possible. All food will be provided! Please sign up on the sheet in Crain Hall so we can get an accurate count. Rain date will be determined later in August. Jo-Ann (508) 759-8527. LITURGISTS AND GREETERS ARE NEEDED for most of July and August. Please sign up! ALTAR FLOWERS are needed for Sundays in July and August. Please sign up on the list outside of the door to the sanctuary, leading to Crain Hall. PICTURES NEEDED! We are looking for pictures of recent church activities to use on our website and Facebook page. If you have taken any pictures, please email them to bumcsecretary@verizon.net, or burn them onto a CD and leave it in the secretary mailbox in the stairwell. Thanks!    ...

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