A woman finds healing by touching Jesus’ cloak, and a girl is restored to life when he takes her by the hand. In both cases a boundary is crossed: in Jesus’ time the hemorrhaging woman was considered ritually unclean, polluting others by her touch, and anyone who touched a corpse also became unclean. In Mark’s gospel Jesus breaks down barriers, from his first meal at a tax collector’s house to his last breath on the cross as the temple curtain is torn in two. We dare to touch Jesus in our “uncleanness” and to live as a community that defines no one as an outsider.


Almighty and merciful God, we implore you to hear the prayers of your people. Be our strong defense against all harm and danger, that we may live and grow in faith and hope, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.


Lamentations 3:22-33
Psalm 30
2 Corinthians 8:7-15
Mark 5:21-43

This Weeks Readings

Sunday, July 1, 2018 - Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
MondayLeviticus 21:1-15
2 Corinthians 8:16-24
Psalm 88
TuesdayLeviticus 15:19-31
2 Corinthians 9:1-5
Psalm 88
Wednesday2 Kings 20:1-11
Mark 9:14-29
Psalm 88
ThursdayJeremiah 7:1-15
1 Corinthians 4:8-13
Psalm 123
FridayJeremiah 7:16-26
2 Corinthians 10:7-11
Psalm 123
SaturdayJeremiah 7:27-34
Matthew 8:18-22
Psalm 123
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