Sermon Introduction –
During the month of February, we’ll be talking about the importance of worship in our lives. Why do we come to God in worship? How does it send us out to act differently in the world?
Introduction to this week’s readings –
In Isaiah the one God who sits above the earth and numbers the stars also strengthens the powerless. So in Jesus’ healing work we see the hand of the creator God, lifting up the sick woman to health and service (diakonia). Like Simon’s mother-in-law, we are lifted up and healed to serve. Following Jesus, we strengthen the powerless; like Jesus, we seek to renew our own strength in quiet times of prayer.