Have Mercy on Me
Message: Today’s Message is delivered by Rev. Jane Fryda
Prayer of the Day:
God of all peoples, your arms reach out to embrace all those who call upon you. Teach us as disciples of your Son
to love the world with compassion and constancy, that your name may be known throughout the earth, through
Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
Then he called the crowd to him and said to them, ‘Listen and understand: it is not what
goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but it is what comes out of the mouth that
defiles.’ Then the disciples approached and said to him, ‘Do you know that the Pharisees
took offence when they heard what you said?’ He answered, ‘Every plant that my heavenly
Father has not planted will be uprooted. Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind.
And if one blind person guides another, both will fall into a pit.’ But Peter said to him,
‘Explain this parable to us.’ Then he said, ‘Are you also still without understanding? Do you
not see that whatever goes into the mouth enters the stomach, and goes out into the sewer?
But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this is what defiles. For out
of the heart come evil intentions, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, slander.
These are what defile a person, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile.’
Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. Just then a Canaanite
woman from that region came out and started shouting, ‘Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of
David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.’ But he did not answer her at all. And his
disciples came and urged him, saying, ‘Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us.’ He
answered, ‘I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.’ But she came and knelt
before him, saying, ‘Lord, help me.’ He answered, ‘It is not fair to take the children’s food
and throw it to the dogs.’ She said, ‘Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from
their masters’ table.’ Then Jesus answered her, ‘Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for
you as you wish.’ And her daughter was healed instantly.
One Service, Two Styles, More Songs:
May God, whose power working in us can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine, grant you the gifts of faith and hope. Almighty God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you now and forever. Amen.
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