Eighth Sunday After Pentecost
August 3, 2014
Prayer of the Day
Glorious God, your generosity waters the world with goodness, and you cover creation with abundance. Awaken in us a hunger for the food that satisfies both body and spirit, and with this food fill all the starving world; through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
The Scripture Readings
Psalm 145:8–9, 14–21
Sermon title: What to Do With the Leftovers
Sermon text: Matthew 14:13-21
The first reading invites us to a free banquet hosted by God. Psalm 145 assures us, “The eyes of all wait upon you O Lord, and you give them their food in due season. You open wide your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing.”
The gospel reading confronts us with two very different banquets. Herod Antipas, the kinglet of Galilee and another small province had a celebration for his birthday. He invited the nobility and other leading citizens of his realm. His chefs prepared and his slaves served the finest food. The final course was the head of John the Baptist served up on a platter.
Upon hearing the news about John, Jesus withdrew to a quiet place to be by himself. However, the crowds followed him. When it came time to eat Jesus invited them all to be seated for the meal. He invited them regardless of rank, station, whether they believed in him or doubted. Jesus hosted the meal. All he had were five small loaves of bread and two fish. With these he fed 5,000 families. Plus they had twelve baskets of leftovers.
||Jesus, Come! For We Invite You
|Hymn of the Day
||Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service
||Break Now the Bread of Life
||Let Us Break Bread Together
||Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ
In our prayers on Sunday we remember Walther Christian Academy, which offers a Lutheran education to children from preschool through grade 12.
Education Hour at 9:45 a.m.
Adult Education schedule for July and August.
Arts in August. “Expressions of Faith in Clay” with Sue Foran and “From Architect to Woodworker: Fundraising for Grace” with Ken Folgers.
The Bible study group meet on Sunday to discuss the book of Acts, led by Bob Jandeska.
Sunday School and Confirmation will resume with Rally Day on August 24.
The Grace Church library is open and staffed on Sundays from 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. You'll find books for adults and children on a variety of faith-related subjects.
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