The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, At-Home Service for June 27th

This sermon is about laughter, but not all laughter is the same. There is a difference between laughing with someone and laughing at someone. To laugh with someone is to be free with that person and to enjoy camaraderie or fellowship. By contrast, laughing at someone often involves ridicule, mocking, hostility or bitterness. This second kind of laughter is what we heard about in today’s reading from the Gospel according to Mark.

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Pastor Rike’s Sermon

In that passage, we heard that a crowd laughed at Jesus. They were gathered outside the house of the leader of the synagogue; his daughter had been sick. When Jesus and the leader of the synagogue arrived at the house the crowd was weeping and wailing because the girl had died. It seemed pointless, even foolish, cruel, and irresponsible for Jesus to nurture hope in the girl’s father that she could live again. So the crowd mocked Jesus.

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Video Options

Follow along with the service on video led by Pastor Rike, with music performed by Randy Broker.

The Fifth Sunday After Pentecost for June 27th includes 
Hymn - Oh, For a Thousand Tongues to Sing, performed by Randy Broker  
First Reading- Lamentations 3:22-33  
Gospel- Mark 5:21-43  
Sermon by Pastor Rike   
Hymn - Great is Thy Faithfulness, performed by Randy Broker