And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. And many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room for them, not even about the door; and he was preaching the word to them. And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; and when they had made an opening, they let down the pallet on which the paralytic lay. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “My son, your sins are forgiven.” Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, “Why does this man speak thus? It is blasphemy! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, “Why do you question thus in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, take up your pallet and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins”–he said to the paralytic–“I say to you, rise, take up your pallet and go home.” And he rose, and immediately took up the pallet and went out before them all; so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!” (Mark 2:1-12)
Jesus, please help everyone in this diocese know that you have the power to forgive sins.
Holy Spirit, help us lead people to healing and forgiveness of sin.
Holy Father, help us follow where Jesus leads the way.
Thursday: 50 * [59, 60] or 19, 46; Gen. 39:1-23: 1 Cor. 2:14-3:15: Mark 2:1-12
Friday: 95* & 40, 54 * 51; Gen. 40:1-23: 1 Cor. 3:16-23: Mark 2:13-22
Notes from the Front Line
***** Start now reading and reflecting on the lessons for Sunday so that you can receive all that God has for you (Mark 8:31-38; Romans 8:31-39; Genesis 22:1-14; Psalm 16 or 16:5-11).
***** Date: Wed, 29 Feb 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote…
Repent this Lent. Have a Holy Hunger this Lent. Have a Holy Thirst. Go to the well four times a day at least… Ingest “The Word. ” Grab it, take a hold of it. Shove it in your ear. Be filled with the very love of the Very God of Very God. Have no doubt. Get a quiver in your liver as my friend J.John puts it. Smile, Aslan is on the move. Got it?
***** “Bonhoeffer saw that a large part of the problem was Lutheran theological education which produced not disciples of Christ, but out-of-touch theologians and clerics whose ability to live the Christian life — and to help others live that life — was not much in evidence.” From Bonhoeffer Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas
***** Date: Wed, 29 Feb 2012
From: Deacon Alan Hart
Subject: a prayer “tale”
Hello Father Brad and Torre: Just wanted to relate to you a little story concerning yet another prayer idea I “stole” from Christ Church:
A few Sundays ago while preaching about the Transfiguration of Jesus I wound up the sermon telling the people that we, like Christ and the disciples, still have “work to do” on the way to the cross when we come down from the mountain. I gave everyone the challenge to pick out a street in Lake Luzerne and pray on it, walking up and down from corner to corner …. just like we did at Christ Church a few years ago. I had a sign-up sheet. About half the church signed up for a street. The following week I asked people if they would relate any stories to me that might have happened on their street prayer walk. This is the best one:
One of our women walked up and down her own street praying and she stopped and prayed at length in front of a house where she was aware that the family inside was having “problems.” After a few minutes, the man of the house came out and demanded to know what she was doing. She told him she was praying for the people in the house — that they would have God’s protection and love and be safe. He asked her why, and she said, “Because two reasons: my deacon told me to do it, and because also I just think it’s a good idea to do.” Do you know that next thing the man said to her, “Well as long as you’re doing that, could you also pray for …(he gave her other prayer requests.)” Amazing what can happen when we call on the power of the Lord. People can change. Neighborhoods can change. Whole communities can change. As Father Brad once said, “We have the power to change the world right here at Christ Church.” I firmly believe that is true!! — deacon alan