LESSON: Luke 9:10-13
MESSAGE: “Before the Miracle”
This week our text is the account of the feeding of the five thousand from the Gospel of Luke. Typically sermons dealing with this event in some way discuss the miraculous nature of so many people being fed. What did that look like? Was this supernatural or was the miracle actually the change in people’s hearts that led them to share – and that what they had was enough for everyone? We’re not going to answer those questions this Sunday.
Instead, we’re going to focus on the time before the miracle. The disciples had to figure out what to do with the difficult logistics of the task that they faced. How can you possibly have a meal with that many? Where is the food going to come from? How are we going to pull this off? It’s easy to look back on the disciples and feel like they were kind of dense when they don’t seem to get it, but anyone who has been on a board at a church knows that these questions are legitimate! Likewise for us, when we are called to do something big and we’re not sure how we’re going to get there, what are the steps that we need to take? And what are the parts that we need to leave open for the miracle?
As well as exploring this on Sunday, I hope that you’ll consider joining the group that is going apple picking with the Boston Gleaners this Saturday. That is sure to be a good time as well as being a good moment to serve. Following that, I’m excited for the concert on Saturday evening that Marina and Allen have put together. I really enjoyed overhearing some of their rehearsals at the end of the summer. It’s going to be spectacular. Invite a friend!
May your week be filled with God’s presence! Blessings and peace,
Prelude: “Sonata” Wolfgang A. Mozart
Anthem: “O God in Heaven” Elena G. Maquiso
Meditation: “Prelude” Frederic Chopin Special guest Jackie Wang
Postlude: “Nocturne” Frederic Chopin Special guest Jackie Wang
This Sunday from 10:15am to 11:00am
Will have lessons on Praying for everyone. Who should we pray for and when? Bible verse 1 Timothy 2:1-7
Will meet in the room downstairs next to the kitchen.
3rd to 5th grade
Will meet in the room downstairs straight through to the back of the building.
Will have a Service Sunday.
All youth will be sorting items for NuDay Syria.
All grades 6th to 12th will meet downstairs in the youth room.
“In The Jesus Fatwah (defined as “opinion”), Islamic and Christian scholars offer reliable information about what Muslims believe, how they live out their faith, and how we all can be about building relationships across the lines of faith.”
The format is similar to the thought-provoking Living the Questions courses we have enjoyed the last several years. Each 1-1.5 hour class includes a discussion about the week’s short reading, a 20-minute video presentation by Islamic and Christian scholars, and guided discussion about the DVD presentation.
If you have any questions, or would like to be on the mailing list for the readings, please contact Carol or Bob Dutton, firstname.lastname@example.org, 508-276-1392.