Today’s Passage: Luke 13:10-17
Opening Prayer: Father God, may the Holy Spirit send His healing power to Your people, their communities, their families, and their lives. So many things pull us away from You and what is truly important. May we choose to focus upon You and what is right and good in this world. May we be washed in a healing rain and freed from those things that bind us and bend us over. In the precious name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
Opening Song: Michael W. Smith – Healing Rain (Official Music Video)
Message [used with permission from A Sermon for Every Sunday]: Being Bent Over? Your Condition is Not Your Conclusion – The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost [8/25/19] by Otis Moss, III, Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Illinois.
“A small baby girl, 4.5 pounds, was born to Ed and Blanche. She was a sickly child…born in 1940…the 20th of 22 children. Before the age of five she dealt with measles, scarlet fever, and a variety of other diseases, and eventually was stricken with polio. She was told she would never walk again.”
Otis Moss, III, is the Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Illinois, a civil rights advocate, activist, and author who was recently recognized as one of the “12 Most Effective Preachers in the English-Speaking World.” He begins his sermon on the bent-over woman from Luke 13:10-17 with the story of Olympic champion Wilma Rudolph, whose grandmother never lost faith in a God who can heal. “Your condition does not have to be your conclusion,” Moss insists. Jesus might have said the same thing.
Closing Song: TenthAvenuNorth-Healing begins Official music video
Closing Prayer: Father God, we are broken and afflicted by many things – physically, spiritually, emotionally, and mentally. Let the healing begin. May the burdens we carry be lifted. All, in Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Epilogue: MercyMe – “The Hurt & The Healer” Official Music Video