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    Resources for the 14th Sunday after Pentecost




 


Texts & Discussions:

1 Kings 8:(1, 6, 10-11), 22-30, 41-43 and
Psalm 84 or
Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18 and
Psalm 34:15-22
Ephesians 6:10-20
John 6:56-69

 


Opening Prayer

The steadfast love of God, the life of Jesus Christ, and the growth of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

And also with you.

Let us pray. God of all creation, you reach out to call people of all nations to your kingdom. As you gather disciples from near and far, count us also among those who boldly confess your Son Jesus Christ as Lord.

 

Sermons


Children's Messages


Sermon Excerpt

Faith for the Long Term
John 6:56 -69
by Rev. Dr. Wright

Years ago, when Albert Schweitzer was receiving international attention, a late night television personality told his television audience, "I'd like to be an Albert Schweitzer . . . . if I could commute!"

Similar feelings were developing among those who followed Jesus. There were some who were following Jesus who discovered to their amazement they could not commute! As He began to fill in the details of the kingdom life, the number of followers started dwindling rather dramatically. Fewer were willing to follow Him. One by one they drifted away. Finally, Jesus turned to the twelve and asked, "Do you also wish to go away?"

Who would we expect to answer except Simon Peter? "Lord, to whom shall we go?" he asked. "You have the words of eternal life; and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God."

Good old Simon Peter. Impetuous. Excitable. Sometimes speaking before his mind was fully in gear. But Simon Peter was in for the long term. His commitment was no momentary, fleeting experience good only when things were going his way.

Certainly, he got discouraged. After the crucifixion, he was ready to go back to his fishing nets. We can understand that. After all, he felt terribly let down. Still, his commitment to Jesus never failed.

I. FOR YOU SEE, LIFE IS A MARATHON. Life is hard. The obstacles are many, .... Subscribers: click here for the full manuscript

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