SERMON PREVIEW SUNDAY, JULY 18
As Jesus continues to grow in popularity at the end of Mark 6, the crowds press in around him and his disciples. They return from being sent out to minister, and he encourages the disciples to get away and rest, despite the continued needs of those around them. Later, after crossing the sea in a boat, an entire village of people suffering various infirmities wait to greet them. As Jesus heals, others even just try to touch his cloak. Our second reading from Ephesians 2 speaks of a great wall dividing humanity, that Christ breaks down divisions between people, including hostilities, and for this week, we could also add divisions caused by illness. Questions for reflection: What do you need to recharge? What do you like to do as a part of sabbath/recreation? What are barriers between people that you think the love of Christ can lower? Would you try to touch Jesus cloak if given a chance? Why or why not?