Dear Watermark Church family,

 

And [Jesus] went into their synagogues throughout all Galilee, preaching and casting out the demons. And a leper came to Jesus, beseeching Him and falling on his knees before Him, and saying, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.”

 

41 Moved with compassion, Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, and *said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cleansed.

Mark 1:39-42

 

Knowing Jesus in a deep and personal way is one of the greatest goals a person can have in their life. In the passage above, we learn about the profound compassion that motivated Jesus to heal us of our diseases and our sins. 

 

So often we feel we must “get it all together” before Christ will accept us. But the opposite is true – He comes to us, accepts us, heals us, forgives us and makes us new, even when we have nothing to offer Him. Knowing that Jesus meets us where we are frees us to love Him and respond to Him, based on His compassion for us and not on our worthiness or faithfulness to Him. 

 

Jesus often healed people who did not believe in Him, He healed people who didn’t show Him respect, He healed people who didn’t bow down, He healed people who didn’t worship Him, He healed people who didn’t call Him “Lord.” In fact, He healed all kinds of people, and most people he healed certainly did not believe in Him. 

 

The only thing that moved Jesus to heal the man is indicated in verse 41 - His compassion. Jesus was moved with compassion. He felt the man’s pain due to his horrible condition of leprosy. He felt the agony of this man’s isolation, physical distress, social isolation, religious isolation. The man’s plight triggered Jesus’ compassion. God is a God of compassion. God feels the pain of sin’s effects on sinners.

 

This is the heart of God who feels the pain of suffering in this world. That’s what motivated Him. He healed the leper with a compassionate word and a compassionate touch. He stretched out His hand, touched him and then said to him, “I’m willing, be cleansed.”

 

His touch was a touch of compassion. His touch was a touch of connection. It is Jesus linking Himself directly and personally to our anguish and pain. There are probably a dozen times in the Gospel of Mark where we find Jesus is touching somebody or somebody is touching Jesus. Jesus loved to give people the touch of compassion, the touch of tenderness, a touch of kindness, especially people that nobody else would touch. They were known as the untouchables. But Jesus touched them all.

 

Do you feel like an untouchable? Like Jesus would rather pass you by than meet your need? Cry out to Jesus today with whatever need you have. There is nothing more precious to Jesus than to shower you with His compassion and meet you at your place of need! (adapted from a sermon by John MacArthur)

 

Vacation Bible School is off to an amazing start! Thru Wednesday, there have been 51 children participating in our VBS! Our children are having a great time, learning about Jesus. Remember, you can join us for the VBS carnival finale this FRIDAY from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM at the church. 

Thanks to the dozens of volunteers who have made this week a wonderful success. Tim Kellis will give us an update on our VBS success this Sunday at 10:30 AM. 

 

church business meeting will be held on June 23 after the morning worship service, to discuss finances and other updates.

 

Please keep Peggy German’s mother, Dorothy Thelen, in prayer. She recently fell and fractured her hip, and she has developed pneumonia and kidney issues as well.

 

A new furnace/AC unit has been installed in the basement of the church this week to replace the one damaged by the basement flood that occurred in April.

 

Youth Group cookout – Sunday, June 23rd at the Hruby’s.

 

Locking the door by the copier - If you exit the church building using the door by the copier, leading to parking lot, be aware that that door will not shut completely by itself. When using that door to enter or exit the building, make sure to shut it and check to make sure it is locked. 

 

Watermark Church Volunteer opportunities: 

- Do you love to work with kids? We need your help on Sunday mornings with our weekly Children’s Ministry. If interested contact Patti Kellis.

 

- Lynn Combs has worked so hard for many years to keep our flower beds looking beautiful. If you are interested in doing landscaping, please contact Lynn.

 

The Men’s Fellowship Breakfast is held every Friday at 7:00 AM at the Waffle House at the Monroe Outlets / SR 63 & I-75. Join with the men of Watermark Church for an encouraging time of fellowship!

 

A Women’s Bible Study is being taught by Claudia Shrive on Sunday mornings at 9:30AM at the church.

 

A new Watermark Group has formed, meeting at 9:15 AM on Sunday mornings, geared toward 20-somethings/young families. Childcare is provided! Led by Jameson Baumgartner.

 

Pastor Ron’s bible study class, which meets on Sundays at 9:30 AM, will be taking a break over the summer, through July and August. 

 

Please keep Diane and Robert Crowder as each of them are being treated for various physical ailments and surgeries.

 

Together thankful for God's compassion,

Larry