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12:15 p.m. in Reed chapel
7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Come begin the Lenten season this Wednesday. Imposition of ashes and Holy Communion at both services.
2 Now in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate there is a pool, called in Hebrew Beth-zatha which has five porticoes. 3 In these lay many invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed. 5 One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” 7 The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; and while I am making my way, someone else steps down ahead of me.” 8 Jesus said to him, “Stand up, take your mat and walk.” 9 At once the man was made well, and he took up his mat and began to walk.
Healing stories are woven into every gospel. And to be honest, given our scientific understandings and the growth in health care/hospitals, alongside new understandings of medicine with methods like acupuncture and vitamins and the complex make up of the food we eat; the stories as the ones above seem like a remnant of a bygone age. They feel antiquated and perhaps the less said about these narratives, the better. After all, is this even true? How could commanding someone who has longed to walk for so many years suddenly stand up and start strolling or skipping along his merry way? Read More