OCC is required to hold an AGM – an annual general meeting – once a year. Hence the name. Don’t worry, it’s not as boring as it sounds. If you are a partner (what a lot of churches call members) at OCC, it’s important to be there. If you are not a partner, you are very welcome to come and participate, but you can’t participate in any decisions.
And, by the way, we are going to be talking about… [you won’t want to miss getting the inside scoop]
Date: 6 March 2016 Time: 6:30pm Location: Theatre 1
As we’ve been reading through the Gospel of Mark, one thing that has stood out is the variety of ways Jesus has brought healing to people.
Mk 5:1f – Jesus heals a demon-possessed man, who didn’t seem to want to be healed.
Mk 5:21f – Jesus heals Jarius’ daughter in response to the faith of her father.
Mk 5:24f – Jesus heals a woman who had bee hemorrhaging for 12 year, who simply touched Jesus’ garment.
Mk 6:6f – Jesus sends out the 12 to cast out demons and as they do so, they also heal.
Mk 6:53f – Jesus healed those who touched the fringe of his robe.
Mk 7:24f – Jesus casts out a demon from a Gentile woman’s daughter, based on her faith, without ever seeing the girl.
Mk 7:31f – Jesus heals a deaf man by putting his fingers into the man’s ears and then by spitting on his fingers and putting them on the man’s tongue.
When we try to say that this – whatever the this is – is the way Jesus healed and therefore the way he heals today, we reduce Jesus to a magic worker. He is Lord, God, and he heals any way he wants to heal.
We are starting to read the Gospel of Mark tomorrow on our journey through the Gospels this winter/spring.
Whether or not you read Matthew, this is a great time to jump in and start in Mark… it’s only 16 chapters.
A copy of the reading list is available at the welcome centre OCC, or you can get it on our facebook page or you can get it here.
As we read, we are looking not just at the stuff Jesus did and said, but who he is an his character.
So take a step and join us in reading the Gospel of Mark.