Sunday Worship - Sunday 28th June

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Our virtual worship leaders our Barbara and Geoff Saville. You can find a written message below by Glenda Taylor.

God Bless x

Barbara and Geoff also chose the song Jesu Jesu, fill us with your love. For copyright reasons we could not input this version into our video, but it's so good we couldn't resist sharing it in our worship today.

Message - Glenda Taylor

Readings - Ezekiel 2: 1-5 and Mark 6:1- 13

Jesus faced a lot of prejudice in his life but never showed prejudice to others. I would like us first to consider our reading from Mark, thinking particularly about the sort of reception Jesus received from the people in his home town of Nazareth and the way in which Jesus sends out his disciples and what we can learn from this. Secondly I would like us to think about the links between our reading from Ezekiel and Mark.

In Mark chapter 5 we learn of the outstanding success which Jesus has enjoyed. Amongst other things, he healed the woman with the flow of blood and raised Jairus’ daughter from death. However in chapter 6, the bubble bursts. Jesus comes to his home town and is greeted first with amazement, then outright insult. In verse 3 we read:

“Isn’t he the carpenter, the son of Mary?”

To identify someone by their mother’s name during biblical times implied the question “Are we certain we know who his father is?” Mark could be giving us a playful shove towards the real questions to be asked of Jesus’ identity. This is not about family at all, but about his contemporaries asking if he is the Messiah.

Although the people of Nazareth recognise the power of Jesus, they fail to acknowledge its true origins and therefore reject Jesus – which is their loss. The people of Nazareth are prejudiced against Jesus. I am a great fan of Jane Austen and her book Pride and Prejudice; I am reminded that initially Elizabeth Bennet was prejudiced against Mr Darcy. However, eventually she understood him and it all ended very happily. Perhaps the people of Nazareth eventually understood Jesus but at this point in time the words: “A prophet is without honour in his own country” come to mind. Mark’s Jesus takes this further, reflecting that he is cut off not just from his own country, but also from his own relatives and family. The Son of Man is homeless emotionally as well as physically.

It is not accidental that Mark tells us how Jesus sends his disciples out just after his mission to Nazareth has met with very limited success. They need to be aware of the possibility of failure in their mission as well as success, and they need strategies for coping with this. Jesus models this for them, telling them to move on where they don’t find acceptance, and to symbolise their action by shaking the dust from their feet. Their mission is to imitate Jesus in homelessness and in complete dependence on local communities; they