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Tag, You’re It!

Text- (Mark 5: 30-31) At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, "Who touched my clothes?" "You see the people crowding against you," his disciples answered, " and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’" (New International Version)

Thought Starters
How is your summer going? Have you been spending more of your time outside?

One of the popular outside games is "Tag." Some of you even play it inside sometimes.

If we played "Tag" right now in front of the church without running around would it be easy or hard? It would be easy because we are close together and are all sitting down. Sometimes a game of "Tag" can be very easy, and sometimes when you’re with fast people it can be very hard.

I’m going to read you a short story about a different game of tag from Mark in the New Testament. Listen for when the "tagging" happens. (Read Mark 5, beginning with verse 24 through verse 31)

Why did this woman "Tag" Jesus? Because she believed she would be healed. Was she?
The disciples were looking at Jesus trying to figure out why he said, "Who touched (tagged) my clothes?"

The disciples thought that with all the people around how could Jesus possibly tell he had been touched?

Here is a picture of a crowded street (picture of marathon start). Picture Jesus in the middle of this crowd. Think of how that woman had to struggle to get close to him. How many people actually touched him? How many people touched him knowing that he was "It" the One. Jesus said to her in verse 34, "Daughter, your faith has healed you’

Hymn-"Lord Jesus I long to be perfectly whole"—-James Nicholson
Prayer-Dear Lord, thank you for the story of this woman’s faith. Help keep our faith as strong. Please touch us, as we want to touch you. Amen

Prop-Picture of Marathon start

William Bode, Director of Children’s Ministries

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