Sermon Title: “What Matters is the Giving”
Scripture: Matthew 14:13-21
This is the story of the feeding the Five Thousand. The disciples and thousands of people followed Jesus to a deserted place and as evening began to fall, Jesus had compassion for them. He cured the sick and asked the disciples to feed them. Their reply was “all we have is five loaves and two fish “. Jesus took them and blessed them and amazingly there was enough food for everyone.
How did this happen? We are not sure. But if you would like to hear more reflection, come and worship with us at St. James UCC, Sunday morning at 9:30AM in the Fellowship Hall. We will also have a time of healing n’ blessing during our worship.
Christmas in August: Bethlehem Star Fundraiser – we will begin taking orders for these beautiful stars on Sunday thru Sunday, August 28th. A small star is (7 1.2″) for $25.00 and the large one (14″) is $50.00. If paying by check, make payable to St. James UCC. Check must accompany order. Consider buying one for yourself and for a loved one at Christmas.
From the sermon on July 24, 2011 – When someone is talking to you, do you ever nodd and act like you are listening but really aren’t? When Jesus was talking to the disciples about God’s reign in the world, the disciples politely nodded like they understood, but they really didn’t. I often wonder if we understand any better in 2011.
One point that I gleaned out of this passage was the fact that Jesus wants us to view the world in a different light – to change our perspective. It doesn’t have to happen in big revolutions that change us and the world, but little revolutions that begin with the hearts and minds of every human being in the world.
Did you know that as a believer, a follower of Jesus Christ, through our baptism, we are all filled with the Holy Spirit and can change someone else’s eternity? We are called to bless others in need. How are you fulfilling this responsibility?
Thought for the Week: “Laughter is the closest thing to the grace of God” by Karl Barth.
Let us pray: May this sacred place, St. James UCC, and each of as individuals be a place where the treasure of Christ is easily seen and encountered. Amen.