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    Resources for the 11th Sunday after Pentecost


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Texts & Discussions:

2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a and
Psalm 51:1-12 or
Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15 and
Psalm 78:23-29
Ephesians 4:1-16
John 6:24-35


 


Call to Worship

L: We welcome you, LORD, God of Life, in our midst. You are Yawhe Jireh, our provider.
P: We praise the LORD, who provides HIS people with Manna from heaven.
L: We praise the LORD who provided us with the Bread of Life.
P: We praise the LORD who nourishes our faith even on this day through the power of the Holy Spirit.
L: Come, let us worship the LORD!

 

Sermons


Children's Messages

Sermon Excerpt

Bread for the Journey
based on John 6:25-35
by Dr. David Rogne

In a movie based on Ernest Hemmingway's story, "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" there is a scene in which two men are discussing with each other the difficulty of finding meaningful goals in life. Both are big game hunters, which enhances the symbolism that both of them know what it is to pursue something, yet neither has found what will really satisfy. One man tells the other of an incident, which provides the theme of the story. One day while he was high above the snow line of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa, he found the remains of a leopard, apparently frozen to death in that most unlikely place. The men speculated about what the leopard was seeking at that high elevation. They conclude that whatever it was, the leopard was seeking the wrong thing, in the wrong place, at the wrong time, and it destroyed him. The implication is that this is the way it is for humans as well: we aspire to something, pursue something, and if it is the wrong thing, or if it is sought in the wrong way, it leads to our destruction.

The New Testament deals with that same theme, the human search for meaning, in equally serious terms. Consider the passage we read this morning. A large number of people were on their way from Northern Palestine to Jerusalem to celebrate their most significant religious festival, the Passover. On the way, many of them had seen or heard about some of the unusual things Jesus of Nazareth was doing, and they turned aside to listen to him, and to see if he would perform some miracle in their presence. They stayed too long out in an uninhabited place, and Jesus was concerned that they should have something to eat. He took a small amount of bread and fish, blessed it, distributed it among the people who were present, and amazingly, there was enough for everyone.

Then Jesus withdrew and made his way back to the other side of the lake, even though the people were aware that no boat had put in to take him aboard. When they discovered that Jesus really had left the area, some of them began to suspect that perhaps he had miraculously crossed the lake during the night, and they had missed what would have been a fantastic trick. When morning broke, many of them arranged for boat rides to the other side where, they suspected, they would find Jesus. When they got to the other side, to the village of Capernaum, they sought for Jesus and found him. In this event, we have acted out for us the human search for meaning, and some lessons from Jesus on how to carry out that search successfully.

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