text :: Mark 10: 46 - 52
theme verse :: "Then Jesus said to him, 'What do you want me to do for you?' The blind man said to him, 'My teacher, let me see again.'" (Mk 10:51)
Sometimes it's just hard to see: our eyes are tired; we're not sitting close enough (or we're too close); there's something in the way. Our vision can get interrupted, or we are moving so quickly that things just get past us. Isn't this true in our spiritual lives, as well? What might we see differently – or perhaps even for the first time – with a fresh, clean lens? How can we reset the system and bring what is needed into focus?
anthem :: 'Joy in the Morning' (N.Sleeth) : Chancel Choir; Kelly Ford, director
reader :: Roy Peters
preaching :: Rev Kevin Howe
(* NOTE : The sermon opens with a video about perception. You'll hear the audio included here. The video itself is linked in the *transcript* section below.)
response :: 'Open Up Our Eyes' (ElevationWorship) : The Rising Band; Isaac Herbert, leader
offertory :: 'How Great Thou Art' (arr.G.Lanier) : Joe Metzer, flugelhorn; Susie Monger Daugherty, piano
Mark 10: 46 – 52
They came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48 Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49 Jesus stood still and said, “Call him here.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart; get up, he is calling you.” 50 So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. 51 Then Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said to him, “My teacher,[a] let me see again.” 52 Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.
(manuscript to follow soon!)