Always too late
Sunday 27th June 9.30am
It’s never too late to start.
It’s always too late to wait.
In the Gospel of Mark there are two related healing stories entwined together which illustrate both the pressure Jesus was under, his way of being present in the now and dealing with conflicting priorities.
The sequence starts with a “Come quickly” request. The leader of the synagogue’s daughter was at the point of death. Rapid intervention was needed. This story no sooner starts than it is interupted when a Mrs Nobody who has been suffering from hemorrhages for 12 years sees her chance to be healed. The rational person says if she’s been sick for 12 years then it can wait a bit longer. But Jesus lets himself be diverted from the urgent, time-critical task to attend to this chronic/could have waited task. By the time he is ready to continue the journey to the sick girl news comes via messengers that she has died. It’s too late! Don’t bother Jesus to come any further. But Jesus refuses to accept that it’s too late. He arrives at the house to find “people weeping and wailing loudly.” He sends everyone outside and announces that the girl is not dead, just sleeping. This announcement is greeted with laughter. These people know what dead is. Needless to say Jesus has the last laugh as he restores the young girl to life.
This is an important story for us all. There are many problems in our life which are chronic. They have dragged on for years. They are not killing us, but they impair our life, damage our relationships and should be fixed. But they are not urgent. They can always be put off as we attend to more urgent things. In Mark’s Gospel everything is urgent. In the very first few verses of the Gospel Mark quotes Jesus as saying, ‘The right time has come…” (Mark 1:14) So much of the conflict Jesus has with the authorities stems directly from this unyielding sense of urgency. Everything is urgent. Everything is “immediately”.
The other lie we tell ourselves is that it’s too late. Too late to change ourselves. Too late to heal that broken relationship. Too late to start again. Jesus comes to us when we are certain that hope is dead and says “No, it’s just sleeping.” When all hope is dead; when t’s too little, too late Jesus says “Little girl, little man, get up!”
Join us this Sunday as we explore the urgent and the important and being too late.
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Final Service at Thomson Street Sunday 4th July
9.30am Worship Service at 7 Thomson St
10.30am Morning Tea in hall
11.30am Inspection of 115 Hogan St
1.15pm Music and singing
First Service at Hogan Street 11th July
9.30am Worship Service
10.30am Morning Tea
11.30am Music and singing
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Many faces… Many places… Many forms
Our congregations throughout the district are caring communities to which all people can belong.
Some of our congregations may be a tiny community of a dozen people, but they are warm vibrant and alive.
They have many faces. There are older people and young, families and single people, people of one culture or many.
While our congregations can be different, each aims to embrace all people… to unite them with each other and with God. This is expressed in part by our having an open table for Holy Communion, to which all baptised people are invited, welcoming children for baptism and being willing to marry those who are divorced.
We are by no means perfect, but we know that God loves us as we are and as we grow. Our congregations are communities in which people seek to follow Jesus, learn about God, share their faith, care for each other, serve the local community, and seek to live faithfully and with real joy. This is the kind of engaging church to which we belong.
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