Healing Sunday: Finding Your Power, Listening for Healing

This Sunday, the fourth Sunday of Lent,  Pastor Steve Vineyard continues his sermon series titled “Listen, Hearing that Still Small Voice and Finding Your Own” with a sermon titled Finding Your Power, Listening for Healing.

Because she had heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his
clothes. She was thinking, If I can just touch his clothes, I’ll be healed. – Mark 5: 24-34

“Prayer as a spiritual practice may come easily for you and maybe it doesn’t. Even the most devout
among us has doubts about prayer’s power at times. What is it? How does it work? This week we
will consider that the mechanics of what happens in prayer is not as important as that we do it.
Because whether or not the outcome for ourselves or others is an actual healing, the very act of being
entangled with God and with others through prayer has healing and power-bestowing benefits.”
This sermon series has been presented in a format that has been different than our usual service structure creating a very moving experience and will include a station for intercessory prayer; one for thanksgiving; one for writing notes of thanks to community workers; and this week for healing Sunday, a healing prayer station with Pastor Steve.  We hope you can attend and share in this experience.
This Lent we will quiet things down and heighten our attention to the “still, small voice” of God and our own True Self. Listening through prayer as well as meditation on holy texts is an ancient Lenten practice. Come and rest, come and listen.
Come and rest…come and listen…with us.
Our mission efforts to serve our community this week will focus on GRACE Ministries and Backpack Buddies.
GRACE Ministries food and clothing distribution occurs every second Saturday of the month here at Sterling UMC.  Set up begins Friday at 4 PM and the distribution occurs Saturday from 8 AM to 10 AM. Those interested in assisting with this wonderful community ministry can help out Friday afternoon or Saturday morning.  For more information contact Jeff Bradley at  
The packing of the backpacks for our Backpack Buddies program that supports kids in our neighborhood at Rolling Ridge Elementary School will occur on Sunday during the 10 AM Growing Deeper hour in the Narthex (lobby).
Some items are still needed:
  • 350 Breakfasts
  • 200 Noodle or Mac & Cheese
  • 200 Canned Meals
  • 300 Fruit Cups
  • No Juice Boxes needed this month
  • No Milk Boxes needed this month
  • 150 Snacks

For more information about the SUMC Backpack Buddies program contact Dawn Crowson at 

Sterling UMC is a community church and all are welcome to be our guest, attend our services and support our mission efforts.


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