Preparing for This Week’s Service

At the end of last summer, several people suggested that we post the readings and hymns for Sunday services ahead of time to make it easier to prepare. I thought this was a great idea—reflecting upon the readings and hymns for the week ahead can help make worship more prayerful and meaningful.

This week’s readings:

  • 2 Corinthians 8:7-15. Paul urges us to practice generosity and seek equality in community.
  • Mark 5:21-43. Jesus restores a young girl to life, and a woman who touches the edge of his cloak is healed.

This week’s hymns (United Methodist Hymnal):

Preparing for this week: We often experience God through the important people in our lives.

This week, think about a family member to lift up in prayer to God. Perhaps you want to celebrate the blessings of a special person in your life, ask God for healing or guidance for somebody struggling with sickness or hard times, or remember a loved one who has died. Commit to pray for this person in a special way during our Homecoming Sunday.