Christ Episcopal Church

Rockville, Maryland

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Christ Episcopal Church 109 South Washington Street
Rockville, MD 20850
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Welcoming all who seek Christ.

The Rev. John S. McDuffie Rector
The Rev. Cynthia A. Simpson Asst. Rector

Gen. 47:1-26
1 Cor. 9:16-27
Mark 6:47-56

And when evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land. And he saw that they were making headway painfully, for the wind was against them. And about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. He meant to pass by them, but when they saw him walking on the sea they thought it was a ghost, and cried out; for they all saw him, and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; have no fear.” And he got into the boat with them and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded, for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.

And when they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennes′aret, and moored to the shore. And when they got out of the boat, immediately the people recognized him, and ran about the whole neighborhood and began to bring sick people on their pallets to any place where they heard he was. And wherever he came, in villages, cities, or country, they laid the sick in the market places, and besought him that they might touch even the fringe of his garment; and as many as touched it were made well.

We kneel, hearing of His presence
Though blind to see it

We kneel, reaching out beyond the rail
Feeling for the edge of His robe

We kneel, and are fed
A mysterious food for a mysterious hunger

We kneel, wondering—again—silently
Are you there, really

We kneel, grasping at hope
Believing that hope is not in vain

We rise, in an instant
And move toward the door

— Anonymous