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Today we celebrated the seventh Sunday after Pentecost using the following Bible readings: Isaiah 55: 1-5, or wisdom 12-13, 16-19 Psalm 145:8-9, 14-21 and the New Testament Romans 9:1-5, Gospel: Matthew 14:13-21.
Our lector was Craig Carter.
In today’s first reading God invites all who are hungry or thirsty to receive food and drink without cost. Jesus feeds the hungry multitude and reveals the abundance of God. At the Eucharistic table we remember all who are hungry or poor in our world today. As we share the bread of life, we are sent forth to give ourselves away as bread for the hungry.
Today we prayed for Congress, Senate and the President of the United States of American to get the debt crisis resolved.
Pastor Wayne’s sermon Last Sundays sermon were based on all three of the day’s lessons.
I Kings 3:5-12, Psalm 119:129-136, Romans 8:26-39 Matthew 13:31-33,44-52.
He began by asking us to start a list of the things we pray for and then asked where wisdom was on our list. Solomon was asked, he said, a very interesting question by God, What would you have me give you? Solomon asked for wisdom. God granted his request and gave great wisdom and much more. We should pray for wisdom from God. The marvel of it is, he has already given it to us. It is right before us in his Holy Word. The wisdom of His Word, Paul declares, is the depth of God’s actions for us. His son, Jesus the Christ died for us and by the action of the Holy Spirit working in us and for us we are fused to God in a relationship that nothing, not even death itself is able to separate us from such an incredible divine Love.
Paul recognizes that every human life is confronted with disappointment, fears and challenges, as are the churches to which we belong. That is why we always need to pray for the church and for each other. It is under these circumstances, that the promise of Christ rings the loudest. There is a greater kingdom than the kingdom of this world in which we can place our hopes.
And it is that very kingdom–the kingdom of heaven–that Jesus describes in today’s string of parables.
The wisdom we hear today we are to choose to live by, wisdom we are to pass on, wisdom by which we come to death, wisdom by which we hope to life eternal, a gift of faith.
May we continually pray for such wisdom. For of such is the kingdom of God.
Monday at 5 p.m. the Sunshine Singers will meet at the church.
Wednesday 8:30 a.m. people will meet at the church to go to an exercise class.
Thursday 9:30 a.m. Women’s workday.
We wish to welcome all visitors and the new members that have joined us.
Please come join us Sunday, as we have adult Bible study and children’s Sunday school at 9:30 a.m., and the church service at 10:45 a.m.
Communion is the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month and potluck luncheons are on the 1st and 3rd Sunday after the service.