Jesus fills the needs of the crowd not only for food, but for their need for hope. Will we listen to that voice of hope today?
Worship this week: Saturday at 5:00 p.m. in the chapel
Sunday – 8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School, Adult Bible Study and Fellowship
10:30 a.m. Contemporary Worship
Devotions for this week: FEEDING THE 5000
SHARE: What was a high point of your day? What was a low point?
READ: Read the following daily readings to deepen your understanding
Monday, Psalm 95:1-5, Psalm
Tuesday, Matthew 12:9-21, Teachings of Jesus
Wednesday, Matthew 12:22-32, Teachings of Jesus
Thursday, Matthew 12:33-45, Teachings of Jesus
Friday, Matthew 12:46-50, Teachings of Jesus
Saturday, Matthew 13:1-23, Parables of Jesus
(Go to clergystuff.com/daily-devotions for devotions on the daily readings.)
TALK: Consider some of these ideas: Taking the five loaves and the two
fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave
them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.
Crowds throng to see, hear and experience the great teacher/healer. But Jesus resists the impulse to keep the spotlight on himself. If anyone would follow him, they must learn the strength of their own faith, love, and generosity.
- Who are the miracle workers and healers in your community? How are they recognized? How are they rewarded? What is God’s role in healing and the working of modern miracles?
- How much authority has God given you that you are reluctant to claim? What might you accomplish if you accept responsibility for the gifts God has given you?
- For the littles: What would you serve for dinner if you had very important guests coming?
PRAY: O Lord, you feed us on the riches of your kingdom, then invite us to feed others in kind. Spread the impulse of your generosity far and wide, that this world may see a revival of your original vision for creation. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.
BLESS: May God fill your belly with food and your heart with love. Amen.