West End United Methodist Church

Holy Persistence

Speakers:Carol Cavin-Dillon
Topics:Children's moment, Sermon, Sunday service

Continuing our series of sermons from Matthew, in this story Jesus is reluctant to listen to the pleas of a Canaanite woman that Jesus heal her daughter, who is possessed by a demon.  In some ways, this is a challenging story because Jesus initially rejects the woman, citing his call to the Jews, not to others.  Although historically there have been various interpretations of the scene and Jesus’s attitude, the one thing that is very clear is that the woman is persistent, and her persistence eventually pays off when Jesus heals the woman’s daughter.     (NOTE: We usually post the 11 o’clock service, but with the COVID-19 threat we are having only the 8:45 service today, and that is the service we are posting.  NOTE:  Although the video begins with the Children’s Moment, once it starts you can scroll back to the beginning of the service if you want.  The video of the entire service is available to watch.)


  • Matthew :15:21-28