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    Resources for the 10th Sunday after Pentecost

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Texts & Discussions:

2 Samuel 11:1-15 and
Psalm 14 or
2 Kings 4:42-44 and
Psalm 145:10-18
Ephesians 3:14-21
John 6:1-21


Canticle of Praise over God's Faithful Provisions

(from the Jewish tradition)

We will be one with the praise songs of all peoples.
Praise God, for he restores the earth to its goodness.
Praise God for he restores humanity to themselves.
Praise God all ye nations! Sing praises unto Him all ye peoples.
For the faithfulness of the Lord has been mighty with us.
And the truth of the Lord is forever. Hallelujah. Amen.



Children's Messages

Sermon Excerpt

Ordinary Miracles

based on John 6:1-21
by Rev. Karen A. Goltz

Poem: “The Old Ragged Shirt”......

            Have you ever felt like that ragged old shirt?  You want to help out, but you feel trapped by circumstance, by your geography or your resources.  “I know there’s injustice in the Middle East,” you might say.  “But I’m in Sudbury, Massachusetts.  What can I do from here?”  Or maybe it’s something like, “I know there are a lot of people in need, homeless or hungry, but there are so many of them, I can’t possibly feed them all!  And right now I can barely take care of myself.  How much good can my little contribution really do?”  So we pull back within ourselves, we tell ourselves that the problems in the Middle East are too far away for us to do anything, and don’t really affect us here anyway.  We tell ourselves that the people in need are just lazy, looking for free handouts and taking advantage of the system, and it’s best not to encourage that sort of behavior, all the while hoping that we ourselves won’t have to use those services.  We work hard and take hold of our Bibles and proudly quote, “God helps those who help themselves,” not realizing that it was actually Ben Franklin who said that, and it’s not a passage from scripture.

            It’s easy to feel overwhelmed, because there is so much need in the world, including our own.  People all over the world, in the United States and elsewhere, are hungry, homeless, suffering injustice.  There are so many who are sick, lonely, or in need of guidance.  There are so many organizations like Lutheran World Relief, Lutheran Social Services, Prison Ministries, Habitat for Humanity, and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, just to name a very small few, that need our help.  There are so many ministries to support, so many needs to fulfill, that we can’t possibly address them all.

            When Jesus saw the large crowd, he asked Philip, “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?”  I imagine that question must have panicked Philip.  Five thousand people.  Show of hands: who among you is willing and able to provide a satisfying meal to five thousand people? 

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