This introductory sermon for this series is based on Mark 5:21-43. You can also view each week’s sermon/worship service on our YouTube Channel during the weeks we cannot meet due to Covid-19 restrictions: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ncsq_QNvCv61bIwKUpP5A
Hard times. They come; they go, and then they come back. It’s hardly fair, but that’s life in a fallen world. Let’s face it: if hard times were dollars, we would all be rich.
There are all sorts of stories in the Bible about people in difficult situations, even impossible situations. The people are enslaved in Egypt. They are oppressed and beaten down by foreign tyrants. They are carried off into exile. They find themselves starving and exhausted, wandering in desert wastelands. And then there are the lepers, the possessed, the blind, the deaf and the lame, each agonizing in their own private anguish. And don’t forget the dying, the brokenhearted and the despondent. In every case, there is one clear constant. The people cry out to God for help.
What happens when we are overwhelmed and we cry out to God? That’s the big question we want to explore in this series which we have entitled, “What We Need Now Is. . . .” In it, we will encounter a God of mercy and compassion, a God who raises the dead and for whom nothing is impossible, a God who hears our prayers. In these trying times, that might be a helpful thing to remember.