Mark 5:21-43 – Your faith has made you well

Mark 5:21-43

21When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered around him; and he was by the sea. 22Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet 23and begged him repeatedly, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live.” 24So he went with him.

And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him. 25Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years. 26She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. 27She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28for she said, “If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.” 29Immediately her hemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 30Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?” 31And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, ‘Who touched me?'” 32He looked all around to see who had done it. 33But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. 34He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying close attention to the deep breath
  • As you scan your body and your thoughts, consider what in you needs to be made well.
  • As you engage your faith, complete this phrase, “If I but _________, I will be made well.”
  • Continue to say this phrase to yourself over and over in sync with your breath.
  • Bring your fears and your tremblings before Christ.
  • Kneel before Christ.
  • Tell Christ the whole truth.
  • Believe your faith in Jesus Christ will make you well.
  • Seek the peace within you.
  • Be awake and aware in your day as you encounter signs of healing.  Be open to the healing Jesus has for you.  Seek the peace within you.
  • At the close of day, review the events of the day and see where you encountered Jesus.  What kind of healing did Jesus have for you?
  • Repeat again tomorrow and each day to come as you wish.
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, July 1, 2012, the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27
Psalm 130
2 Corinthians 8:7-15
Mark 5:21-43

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD.

2 Corinthians 8:7-15 – The one who had much did not have too much. The one who had little did not have too little.

2 Corinthians 8:7-15

7Now as you excel in everything — in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in utmost eagerness, and in our love for you — so we want you to excel also in this generous undertaking.

8I do not say this as a command, but I am testing the genuineness of your love against the earnestness of others.9For you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich.10And in this matter I am giving my advice: it is appropriate for you who began last year not only to do something but even to desire to do something — 11now finish doing it, so that your eagerness may be matched by completing it according to your means.12For if the eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has — not according to what one does not have.13I do not mean that there should be relief for others and pressure on you, but it is a question of a fair balance between14your present abundance and their need, so that their abundance may be for your need, in order that there may be a fair balance.15As it is written, “The one who had much did not have too much, and the one who had little did not have too little.”

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying close attention to the deep breath.
  • As you follow your breath, let your focus become that which you are giving in the name of the Lord.
  • How does this giving bless you?
  • How does this giving make you rich?
  • What did you give up to be able to give more?
  • What might you give more abundantly so that others might be blessed?
  • What does your neighbor give in the name of the Lord?
  • How does this giving bless your neighbor?
  • How does this giving make your neighbor rich?
  • What did your neighbor give up in order to receive more blessing?
  • What might your neighbor give more abundantly so that others might be blessed?
  • Who has too much?
  • Who has too little?
  • What is God’s message for you?
  • Is there a call to action?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, July 1, 2012, the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27
Psalm 130
2 Corinthians 8:7-15
Mark 5:21-43

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD.

Psalm 130 – Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.

Psalm 130

1Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD.
2Lord, hear my voice
Let your ears be attentive
to the voice of my supplications!
3If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities,
Lord, who could stand?
4But there is forgiveness with you,
so that you may be revered.
5I wait for the LORD, my soul waits,
and in his word I hope;
6my soul waits for the Lord
more than those who watch for the morning,
more than those who watch for the morning.
7O Israel, hope in the LORD!
For with the LORD there is steadfast love,
and with him is great power to redeem.
8It is he who will redeem Israel
from all its iniquities.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying close attention to the deep breath.
  • As you open yourself today to encounter God, find any hidden places which have not been opened.
  • Allow this to be your focus today.
  • Consider the depths in that hidden place.  Stretch and reach out of your comfort zone.
  • Believe that God reaches into those depths with you.
  • This is the power to redeem the darkest, the scariest, the deepest hidden place.
  • This hope is greater than the promise of the rising sun.
  • This hope is the risen Son.
  • Christ will meet you in the depths.
  • Christ is already there.
  • Open to Christ.
  • Pour out your story, your heart, your lament.
  • Feel the steadfast love and the power redeeming you.
  • Savor being held in the love of Christ.
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, July 1, 2012, the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27
Psalm 130
2 Corinthians 8:7-15
Mark 5:21-43

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD.

2 Samuel 1:1,17-27 – How the mighty have fallen in the midst of battle.

2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27

1After the death of Saul, when David had returned from defeating the Amalekites, David remained two days in Ziklag.

17David intoned this lamentation over Saul and his son Jonathan. 18(He ordered that The Song of the Bow be taught to the people of Judah; it is written in the Book of Jashar.) He said: 19Your glory, O Israel, lies slain upon your high places! How the mighty have fallen! 20Tell it not in Gath, proclaim it not in the streets of Ashkelon; or the daughters of the Philistines will rejoice, the daughters of the uncircumcised will exult. 21You mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew or rain upon you, nor bounteous fields! For there the shield of the mighty was defiled, the shield of Saul, anointed with oil no more.22From the blood of the slain, from the fat of the mighty, the bow of Jonathan did not turn back, nor the sword of Saul return empty. 23Saul and Jonathan, beloved and lovely! In life and in death they were not divided; they were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions. 24O daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you with crimson, in luxury, who put ornaments of gold on your apparel. 25How the mighty have fallen in the midst of the battle! Jonathan lies slain upon your high places. 26I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan; greatly beloved were you to me; your love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women. 27How the mighty have fallen, and the weapons of war perished!

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying close attention to the deep breath.
  • As you pay attention to your breath, tap into a place of lament.
  • Perhaps you grieve the loss of a loved one or you have been limited in some way.
  • Allow this place to come to the surface and share your lament with Christ.
  • As Christ know suffering, surely Christ will accompany you in this time.
  • Take time to lament the loss.
  • Take time to remember.
  • Let Christ hold you.
  • Breathe.
  • Allow the times of joy to fill your breath.  Remember the laughter, the tears, the kiss, the comfort.
  • The mighty have fallen in the midst of the battle.
  • What battle was fought for the Lord?
  • As you sit on this side of the suffering, what goodness did God create in the midst of your lament?
  • God continues to provide healing for you.
  • Embrace the healing that God wants to give you new each day.
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, July 1, 2012, the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27
Psalm 130
2 Corinthians 8:7-15
Mark 5:21-43

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD.

Praying with Art: Jesus Lulls a Storm

“Jesus Lulls a Storm” by Jesus Mafa

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying close attention to the deep breath.
  • As you sit and breathe, become aware of the painting “Jesus Lulls a Storm”.
  • Imagine being on the boat on this painting.
  • Where do you sit?
  • Who is with you?
  • What feelings arise when the winds begin to rage?
  • Where is Jesus?
  • What do you want to cry out to Jesus?
  • Do you cry out first?  Or someone else?
  • Allow yourself to go within.
  • Notice what fear is arising in you.
  • What is going on in your life right now that raises fear like the raging storm?
  • Hear Jesus say, “Peace!  Be still!”
  • Jesus  will calm the storm within you.  Let Christ do this for you.
  • Notice the feeling in the boat once the wind has stopped.
  • What do you notice?
  • What do you hear?
  • What arises in you?
  • What is God’s message for you?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below

Mark 4:35-41 – Peace! Be Still!

“Calming the Storm” by Jim Janknegt. Used with permission

Mark 4:35-41

35On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. 37A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. 38But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. 40He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” 41And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying close attention to the deep breath.
  • As you still yourself, consider what storm is raging in you.
  • What fear arises in this storm?
  • In what ways do you feel like Jesus is asleep in the boat?
  • What do you need Jesus to do for you to calm the storm?
  • Ask Jesus to do this for you.
  • Listen and watch for the wind and the sea to obey in God’s time.
  • Keep your eyes turned toward Jesus.
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, June 24, 2012, the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

I Samuel 17:(1a, 4-11, 19-23) 32-49
1 Samuel 17:57-18:5, 10-16
Psalm 9:9-20
2 Corinthians 6:1-13
Mark 4:35-41

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD.

2 Corinthians 6:1-13 – Now is the acceptable time

2 Corinthians 6:1-13

1As we work together with him, we urge you also not to accept the grace of God in vain. 2For he says,
“At an acceptable time I have listened to you,
and on a day of salvation I have helped you.”
See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation! 3We are putting no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, 4but as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, 5beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; 6by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, holiness of spirit, genuine love, 7truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; 8in honor and dishonor, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; 9as unknown, and yet are well known; as dying, and see — we are alive; as punished, and yet not killed; 10as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

11We have spoken frankly to you Corinthians; our heart is wide open to you. 12There is no restriction in our affections, but only in yours. 13In return — I speak as to children — open wide your hearts also.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying close attention to the deep breath.
  • Scan your mind.
  • What is keeping you from opening your heart?
  • Let this obstacle be your focus.  Find where you are holding this obstacle in your body.
  • Imagine gently taking this obstacle out of your body and holding it before you.  Take any preparation time you need.
  • As you hold this obstacle before you, decide if you want to set it aside.
  • As you look at the obstacle, where do you see God in the obstacle?
  • Allow  God to hold the obstacle for you.
  • Notice the space that is created within you that once held the obstacle.  What do you notice about this space?
  • Do you feel light or heavy?  Tension or freedom?  Cold or warm?
  • Breathe into this space that has been created.
  • Savor the space that has been created.
  • Listen to what arises from within you.
  • What message do you hear from God?
  • Return to the obstacle that God is holding for you.
  • You may allow God to continue holding this obstacle or you may imagine yourself placing the obstacle within you.
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, June 24, 2012, the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

I Samuel 17:(1a, 4-11, 19-23) 32-49
1 Samuel 17:57-18:5, 10-16
Psalm 9:9-20
2 Corinthians 6:1-13
Mark 4:35-41

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD.

Psalm 9 – The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed

Psalm 9:9-20

9   The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of trouble.
10  And those who know your name put their trust in you,
for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you.

11  Sing praises to the LORD, who dwells in Zion.
Declare his deeds among the peoples.
12  For he who avenges blood is mindful of them;
he does not forget the cry of the afflicted.

13  Be gracious to me, O LORD.
See what I suffer from those who hate me;
you are the one who lifts me up from the gates of death,
14  so that I may recount all your praises,
and, in the gates of daughter Zion,
rejoice in your deliverance.

15  The nations have sunk in the pit that they made;
in the net that they hid has their own foot been caught.
16  The LORD has made himself known, he has executed judgment;
the wicked are snared in the work of their own hands.               Higgaion.
Selah
17  The wicked shall depart to Sheol,
all the nations that forget God.

18  For the needy shall not always be forgotten,
nor the hope of the poor perish forever.

19  Rise up, O LORD! Do not let mortals prevail;
let the nations be judged before you.
20  Put them in fear, O LORD;
let the nations know that they are only human.                                   Selah

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying attention to the deep breath.
  • What is oppressing you today?
  •  What is binding you?
  • Where do you need freedom?
  • Seek freedom in Christ.
  • What is oppressing your neighbor today?
  • What is binding your neighbor?
  • Where does your neighbor need freedom?
  • How is God calling you to free your neighbor?
  • Seek freedom in Christ.
  • What is oppressing the world today?
  • What is binding the world?
  • Where does the world need freedom?
  • How is God calling you to free the world?
  • Seek freedom in Christ.
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

RevWised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, June 24, 2012, the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

I Samuel 17:(1a, 4-11, 19-23) 32-49
1 Samuel 17:57-18:5, 10-16
Psalm 9:9-20
2 Corinthians 6:1-13
Mark 4:35-41

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD.

1 Samuel 17 The Philistines gathered their armies for battle

1 Samuel 17:(1a, 4-11, 19-23) 32-49

1aNow the Philistines gathered their armies for battle;

4And there came out from the camp of the Philistines a champion named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. 5He had a helmet of bronze on his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail; the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of bronze. 6He had greaves of bronze on his legs and a javelin of bronze slung between his shoulders. 7The shaft of his spear was like a weaver’s beam, and his spear’s head weighed six hundred shekels of iron; and his shield-bearer went before him. 8He stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, “Why have you come out to draw up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not servants of Saul? Choose a man for yourselves, and let him come down to me. 9If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants; but if I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall be our servants and serve us.” 10And the Philistine said, “Today I defy the ranks of Israel! Give me a man, that we may fight together.” 11When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid.

19Now Saul, and they, and all the men of Israel, were in the valley of Elah, fighting with the Philistines. 20David rose early in the morning, left someone in charge of the sheep, took the provisions, and went as Jesse had commanded him. He came to the encampment as the army was going forth to the battle line, shouting the war cry. 21Israel and the Philistines drew up for battle, army against army. 22David left the things in charge of the keeper of the baggage, ran to the ranks, and went and greeted his brothers. 23As he talked with them, the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, came up out of the ranks of the Philistines, and spoke the same words as before. And David heard him.

32David said to Saul, “Let no one’s heart fail because of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.” 33Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are just a boy, and he has been a warrior from his youth.” 34But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep sheep for his father; and whenever a lion or a bear came, and took a lamb from the flock, 35I went after it and struck it down, rescuing the lamb from its mouth; and if it turned against me, I would catch it by the jaw, strike it down, and kill it. 36Your servant has killed both lions and bears; and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be like one of them, since he has defied the armies of the living God.” 37David said, “The LORD, who saved me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, will save me from the hand of this Philistine.” So Saul said to David, “Go, and may the LORD be with you!”

38Saul clothed David with his armor; he put a bronze helmet on his head and clothed him with a coat of mail. 39David strapped Saul’s sword over the armor, and he tried in vain to walk, for he was not used to them. Then David said to Saul, “I cannot walk with these; for I am not used to them.” So David removed them. 40Then he took his staff in his hand, and chose five smooth stones from the wadi, and put them in his shepherd’s bag, in the pouch; his sling was in his hand, and he drew near to the Philistine.

41The Philistine came on and drew near to David, with his shield-bearer in front of him. 42When the Philistine looked and saw David, he disdained him, for he was only a youth, ruddy and handsome in appearance. 43The Philistine said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44The Philistine said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and to the wild animals of the field.” 45But David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with sword and spear and javelin; but I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46This very day the LORD will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down and cut off your head; and I will give the dead bodies of the Philistine army this very day to the birds of the air and to the wild animals of the earth, so that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, 47and that all this assembly may know that the LORD does not save by sword and spear; for the battle is the LORD’s and he will give you into our hand.”

48When the Philistine drew nearer to meet David, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine. 49David put his hand in his bag, took out a stone, slung it, and struck the Philistine on his forehead; the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell face down on the ground.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying close attention to the deep breath.
  • As you breathe, consider how you are being called into battle for the LORD.
  • What enemy are you to fight?
  • How will you prepare?
  • How has God already prepared you?
  • Is there armor you have put on that will impede you?
  • Consider removing it.
  • Put on the armor of God.
  • Notice how it feels and fits.
  • Do you feel heavy or light?
  • Do you feel weak or strong?
  • Imagine how you will arrive in the name of the Lord.
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, June 24, 2012, the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

I Samuel 17:(1a, 4-11, 19-23) 32-49
1 Samuel 17:57-18:5, 10-16
Psalm 9:9-20
2 Corinthians 6:1-13
Mark 4:35-41

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD.


Mark 4: 26-34 Seeding and Sprouting and Growing and Harvesting

Mark 4:26-34

26He also said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, 27and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. 28The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. 29But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.”

30He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? 31It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; 32yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”

33With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; 34he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying close attention to the deep breath.
  • What is growing in you right now?
  • Identify the stage of growth and consider the elements needed to sustain this growth.
  • Has the growth been slow like a tree or quick like the mustard seed?
  • Are you growing alone?  with a community?  both?
  • How deep are your roots?
  • Have you tried to harvest too quickly?
  • Allow yourself to be at peace with this place of growth.
  • Allow God to guide you revealing to you the next step.  Perhaps that will be today.  Maybe next week.  Seek God’s perfect timing.
  • Listen for that which Christ will explain to you in private?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
  • share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, June 17, 2012, the Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

I Samuel 15:34-16:13
Psalm 20
2 Corinthians 5:6-10 (11-13) 14-17
Mark 4:26-34

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD.