Thoughts: (Jesus and his disciples enter Capernaum.)
Peter: Good to be back in Capernaum, isn’t it, guys?
Andrew: Nothing like being near the Sea of Galilee.
John: Its water is exquisitely azure.
James: Good fishing, too.
(Jewish elders approach)
Simon the Zealot: Here comes trouble.
Zedekiah: We have a message for Jesus of Nazareth from Petrullus, the Roman centurion.
Simon the Zealot: Told you.
Jesus: Welcome, friends. You have a message for me?
Malachi: Petrullus the centurion asks that you heal his favorite servant.
Matthew: That’s it?
James the Less: We’re not being arrested?
Zedekiah: Petrullus has been very kind to our people.
Malachi: Oh yes, he built a synagogue for us.
Zedekiah: And Petrullus implores you to come to his home and heal his servant.
Jesus: Of course. We’ll follow you.
Thomas: I doubt this centurion’s good intentions.
Philip: Well, we’re not far away from his house.
(Lucius and Publius approach)
Lucius: We have a message for Jesus of Nazareth.
Jesus: I am he.
Publius: Petrullus the centurion really appreciates your coming, but he thinks he is unworthy to invite you to his house.
Bartholomew: Say what?
Lucius: Petrullus believes that you need only to say his servant is healed, and his servant will be well.
Publius: You understand the centurion himself has great authority and can send the men in his command anywhere he likes.
Lucius: And Petrullus knows that you also have great authority.
Jesus: I have not found so great a faith, no, not in Israel.
(Lucius and Publius return to Petrullus’ home. Petrullus rushes out to meet them.)
Petrullus: Lucius! Publius! My servant Obadiah is well again – completely well! It’s a miracle!
Discussion: What do we find hard to ask?
Activity: Listen with your heart to the next request you receive.
Remember in prayer this week Joyce Bauman, Francis Corera, Joan Doptis, Bob & Vivian Grusnick, Vivian Hansard, Bill Schaper, and Laurie Urbach’s dad in Hospice.
This Thursday, our softball team is playing a double header beginning at 6:15pm at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church in Birmingham.
This Thursday night, Connections will be doing some yard work around the church to spiff up the grounds.
This Sunday is Noisy Sunday so save your loose change. You may also get your blood pressure checked.
“So, What Happened in Portland?” Come to Birmingham First UMC on Friday, June 3rd, at 7:00pm to find out. They are sponsoring a forum on the 2016 United Methodist Church General Conference which was held in Portland, Oregon. It is also being sponsored by the Detroit Renaissance District. Please let the church office know if you wish to attend. For more information, call the office.
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