Please use the following worship resources for your personal devotion time or with your family. We wish you every blessing in the time you spend with your loving and generous God…


Sunday 2nd August – Feeding the 5000

We begin today’s worship by calling on the name of our God:

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

God of our hopes and dreams,
we are empty, and long to be filled;
we are hungry, and long to be fed;
we are lost, and long to be found.
Gather us into your love,
and pick up the pieces of our lives,
just as Jesus gathered up the fragments
of the five loaves and two fish
that remained after feeding the five thousand.
Call us anew to eat our fill
and to find our true nourishment in Jesus,
the bread of heaven.

Amen.

Opening Song

Confession Prayer

We come believing in our emptiness,
believing that we will never have enough,
believing that what we have is unworthy.

We come fearful of sharing,
fearful of losing our tenuous grip on security,
fearful of touching and knowing the pain of others.

We come overwhelmed by the hunger,
overwhelmed by the suffering of children near and far,
overwhelmed by the endless tales of senseless violence, greed, and death.

We come aching from the weight of the responsibility,
aching from the chilling challenge of knowing our abundance,
aching from the gnawing awareness that we have much to share.

We come clinging to our meager lunches;
bless them, and us.
break them, and us.
share them, and us.

~ written by Katherine Hawker, on Liturgy Outside.
http://liturgyoutside.net/

Bible Readings

Jesus Feeds Five Thousand Matthew 14

13 Jesus heard what had happened to John. He wanted to be alone. So he went in a boat to a quiet place. The crowds heard about this. They followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When Jesus came ashore, he saw a large crowd. He felt deep concern for them. He healed their sick people.

15 When it was almost evening, the disciples came to him. “There is nothing here,” they said. “It’s already getting late. Send the crowds away. They can go and buy some food in the villages.”

16 Jesus replied, “They don’t need to go away. You give them something to eat.”

17 “We have only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.

18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 Then Jesus directed the people to sit down on the grass. He took the five loaves and the two fish. He looked up to heaven and gave thanks. He broke the loaves into pieces. Then he gave them to the disciples. And the disciples gave them to the people. 20 All of them ate and were satisfied. The disciples picked up 12 baskets of leftover pieces. 21 The number of men who ate was about 5,000. Women and children also ate.

Confession of Faith

I believe in God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God, the Father almighty, from thence he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen

Pastor’s Message

Prayer

God has made us his people and given us his Spirit. So let us pray for all the people of God in Christ Jesus, and for all the people in the world.

Almighty God, heavenly Father: We thank and praise you for all your good gifts to us – food and clothing, home and family, daily work, and all we need from day to day. Thank you that through these, you are good to us every moment of the day. Help us to see your goodness and give praise to you with a thankful heart. Lead us to share your goodness with others through our daily vocation.
Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer
Grant that your holy church may be the bearers of your new creation throughout the world. Give all pastors grace to preach your re-creative word with power. Move your people to support the work of your church through their offerings and through being involved in the various programs of our congregation/parish. Bless our Bishop Lester Priebbenow with the gifts necessary to fulfill his calling.
Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer
We thank you for your good gift of peace and stability in our country. Bless our elected leaders with truth, wisdom and justice. Help all leaders in politics and society, culture and industry, to be agents of good and blessing to the community.
Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer
Bless the work of Lutheran World Service as it helps less fortunate communities develop regular means of sustenance. Help us who have been abundantly blessed to share what we have with those who hunger and thirst. And give those communities sun and rain in right measure for the growing of healthy
harvests.
Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer
Bless and help those among us who are sick, in need, or who suffer in some way. Help them with your Holy Spirit, so they may accept your fatherly will and rejoice in your saving help.
Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer
Heavenly Father, you show your loving care for the whole world, and your Son satisfied the needs of the five thousand. In your great goodness answer our prayers; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Lord’s Prayer

As you pray the Lord’s prayer today – pause and reflect on what you are saying when you pray “give us today our daily bread”.

These words from Martin Luther’s small catechism may help you:

Give us this day our daily bread.

What does this mean? God certainly gives daily bread to everyone without our prayers, even to all evil people, but we pray in this petition that God would lead us to realise this and to receive our daily bread with thanksgiving.

What is meant by daily bread? Daily bread includes everything that has to do with the support and needs of the body, such as food, drink, clothing, shoes, house, home, land, animals, money, goods, a devout husband or wife, devout children, devout workers, devout and faithful rulers, good government, good weather, peace, health, self-control, good reputation, good friends, faithful neighbours, and the like.

Blessing

Speak these words over your family:

Go in peace. May we live as faithful and wise members of God’s kingdom. The blessing of Almighty God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, be with us always. Amen 

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