The Futility of Throwing Shade

Happy Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost!  


Throwing shade is defined by Mirriam Webster as “a subtle, sneering expression of contempt for or disgust with someone—sometimes verbal, and sometimes not.”  It can be given as a look, a snide comment, mockery, or a glancing blow of insult toward the person or thing to be ridiculed.  It’s common to get this when you ask for help and don’t seem to deserve it, just like Bartimaeus in our Gospel lesson from Mark 10:46-52.  Jesus interrupts his journey in order to help a poor beggar whom others do not deem worthy even to call out to Jesus.  The crowd of Jesus followers throws shade at him, scolding him and telling him to be quiet.  Surely the Messiah wouldn’t take time to worry about a despicable character like Bartimaeus.  Surely, he had done something to deserve to be poor and blind, and giving in to his begging would only encourage him to beg more, and we wouldn’t want that. 

But Bartimaeus is undeterred by the large crowd and the shade they throw to keep him quiet.  Mark tells us he shouts even louder, and he is rewarded with his sight.  Jesus tell him his faith has made him well – did you catch that?  May our faith make us both well and fearless, and prove the futility of throwing shade in the face of persistence and perseverance.  Be persistent, even if people – other Christians even! – try to shut you up.  Crawl, yell, beg, keep going and slog through…so you get to Jesus. 


Sunday’s Livestream Service at 10:45—We recommend logging into your Facebook account a few minutes before 10:45 am so you can troubleshoot any issues you might have. You can access the service at You can chat once the Livestream service has started. If you don’t have a Facebook account you can also access the Livestream at without the chat feature. A pop-up will ask you to log in and in small letters at the bottom you can click “Not Now” and still be able to watch the service. The service will be available on YouTube either Sunday afternoon or Monday. 

Sunday’s In-Person Service at 10:30 –Our in-person, indoor worship is currently in the Sanctuary, starting at 10:30am.  Please go to our website to get the latest COVID-19 Update. There will be space for those who still wish to social distance and mask, and masks are no longer required for worship for those who are vaccinated. 


Our regular Children’s ministries include the nursery, SPKidz, and iClub.  They are currently meeting at 10:15 am in the Fellowship Hall.  

Our regular Youth schedule is: Praise New Generation meeting from 4:00 pm-5:00 pm every Sunday and SPYouth meeting from 5:00 pm-6:30 pm every Sunday. You can always check the calendar at for updated info. 

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