For many in our community this weekend is the "last" weekend of the summer as schools start back up next week. It is a time of anticipation and hope as children and students prepare for all that a new school year involves: reconnecting with friends, embracing opportunities to learn, and strengthening the practices and habits that allow growth to take place. We are excited that this Sunday we will be praying for and celebrating teachers, school workers and Christian educators in our service – so hope those of you who teach and work in schools will join us!
You will want to remember to dress for our All Church Picnic taking place THIS Sunday, August 20th we will have only ONE church service at 10:00am and our picnic will start immediately following that service. [Meaning we will start around 11:01am :-)]
This year our picnic is taking place on our church campus! We are blocking off K St. [so you will want to consider that when parking…please consider parking further away from the church and walking if you are able] The church is providing the food…there will be a bounce house, magician & we will have games for the entire family. It is sure to be a wonderful time together as a church family!
I look forward to seeing you and being with you on Sunday.
Grace and Peace,
This week's worship information:
Sunday's Message: Don’t forget to pack a lunch!
Questions for Reflection:
Spend some time praying for teachers and students as they prepare for the start of another school year.
There are many people in the story of the loaves and fish that play a critical role: Andrew, the boy, the disciples who distribute and collect the food – spend some time reflecting on the role that each one played and how it might connect with your life & opportunities to live out your faith.
What do you think is the main point/meaning of the story?
- Why do you think that all four gospel writers include a story of Jesus multiplying loaves and fish?
After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming towards him, Jesus said to Philip, ‘Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?’ He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. Philip answered him, ‘Six months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.’ One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, ‘There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?’ Jesus said, ‘Make the people sit down.’ Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all.Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, ‘Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.’ So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets.
Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart.Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise. Bind them as a sign on your hand, fix them as an emblem on your forehead, and write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.