May 13

“The Will to be Whole” (John 5:1-15) Sunday, May 13, 2018

Call to Worship


L:         Our God comes to save us; let us rejoice.


P:         The blind see, the deaf hear, the poor receive good news, and the lame walk!


L:         Our God comes to save us; let us rejoice.


P:         The paralyzed are restored, lepers are cleansed, and even the dead are raised!


U:        Such are the guests of honor reclining at Jesus’ banquet table.


Scripture (John 5:1-15)  


Our reading comes from the good news according to John.

1After this there was a festival of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
2Now in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate there is a pool, called in Hebrew Beth-zatha, which has five porticoes.
 3In these lay many invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed.
 5One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years.
6When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be made well?”
7The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; and while I am making my way, someone else steps down ahead of me.”
8Jesus said to him, “Stand up, take your mat and walk.”
9At once the man was made well, and he took up his mat and began to walk. Now that day was a sabbath.
10So the Jews said to the man who had been cured, “It is the sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your mat.”
 11But he answered them, “The man who made me well said to me, ‘Take up your mat and walk.’”
 12They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Take it up and walk’?”
 13Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had disappeared in the crowd that was there.
 14Later Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you have been made well! Do not sin any more, so that nothing worse happens to you.”
 15The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.

Here ends our reading. May God bless our understanding.

“The Will to be Whole”