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July 29, 2018
 
"The Church...Feeds Us"
 
Focus Scriptures: 
2 Kings 4:42-44    John 6:1-21
 
Jesus feeds a crowd of 5000 people with just a few loaves of bread and some fish much to the astonishment of the disciples. In the Old Testament reading Elisha performs a similar feeding miracle to the disbelief of those around him. Both Jesus and Elisha know that God will provide. They bless what they have, and watch the abundance grow. The Church takes what we have to offer and then blesses us and with the love of Christ and we are fed. When we gather in fellowship on Sunday our spiritual needs are fed as we worship together and find rest in God. We are also fed when we volunteer, and use our gifts to help others in response to the grace we have received. The Church offers those opportunities for us and equips us to be the body of Christ in the world. We come, we are fed, and then we are sent out in love.
Daily Devotion
July 22, 2018
Jesus Shows Compassion

“And they went away in a boat to a deserted place by themselves.  Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of them.  As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.”  Mark 6:32-34.  Jesus and his disciples needed a break from ministering to the crowd of followers so they could rest and get rejuvenated.  By the time their boat reached the shore, the crowds following on foot had arrived there also.  But Jesus didn't send them away until he and the disciples had time enough to rest.  He recognized their need for him, the shepherd, and he began teaching them about God's love.  There are times when we want to get away from our responsibilities whether it's a job, work at home, caring for children, spouses or other family members.  But Jesus calls us to care for others in their needs with compassion, putting our needs aside for the moment.  He does promise us rest from our labors and we need to take advantage of those times, seeking God's peace and rest.  Then we will be able to serve him by serving others.  Prayer: O God, powerful and compassionate, you shepherd your people, faithfully feeding and protecting us.  Give each of us the rest needed so we may serve others.  In Jesus' name we pray.  Amen

Written by Mary Anderson


 

 
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