"What About Us?"
Our scripture today is from Mark chapter 5, verses 21-34 from the Common English Bible.
21 Jesus crossed the lake again, and on the other side a large crowd gathered around him on the shore. 22 Jairus, one of the synagogue leaders, came forward. When he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet 23 and pleaded with him, "My daughter is about to die. Please, come and place your hands on her so that she can be healed and live." 24 So Jesus went with him. A swarm of people were following Jesus, crowding in on him. 25 A woman was there who had been bleeding for twelve years.
26 She had suffered a lot under the care of many doctors, and had spent everything she had without getting any better. In fact, she had gotten worse. 27 Because she had heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his clothes. 28 She was thinking, If I can just touch his clothes, I'll be healed. 29 Her bleeding stopped immediately, and she sensed in her body that her illness had been healed. 30 At that very moment, Jesus recognized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and said, "Who touched my clothes?" 31 His disciples said to him, "Don't you see the crowd pressing against you? Yet you ask, ‘Who touched me?'" 32 But Jesus looked around carefully to see who had done it. 33 The woman, full of fear and trembling, came forward. Knowing what had happened to her, she fell down in front of Jesus and told him the whole truth. 34 He responded, "Daughter, your faith has healed you; go in peace, healed from your disease."
Leader: This is the word of God for a people of God.
All: Thanks be to God.