The stories of Jesus miracles include this Sunday’s lesson on how God fed 5000 people with a tiny amount of food – 5 loaves and a fish – a young boy’s picnic lunch.
The story reveals God’s power, but far beyond even that important message, it reveals God’s faith in us, and Jesus’ faith in God. Jesus did not ‘do’ his miracles to make us believe, but to invite us to know God as present with us (Emmanuel). As we listen to Satan and Jesus discuss just what happened that day, we gain insight into the multiple ways this moment in Jesus’ ministry moves us deeper in relationship with God.
Our God who believes in our compassion, knows our needs and answers them, does amazing things with tiny resources, and teaches us what is truly going to fill our hearts and spirits. Come and meet “Jesus the Bread King” from the gospel of John 6:1-14.
Our Sunday Worship on March 23 will again focus on Jesus’ temptation by the Devil
It has been said so many times, our own future lies in the balance of this confrontation in the wilderness.
Jesus stands in our place as he faces the tempter. Jesus’ words and actions will show us the way to hold our faith and our hope in the face of disappointments, losses and pain. Underlying all of Satan’s temptations is a question that hits so close to our own hearts, “hey, you are hurting, lonely, afraid, do you think, maybe, God has forgotten about you?” Satan whispers, “Jesus, there is an easy way out. Just one act of worship, just a moment of forgetfulness, and you can have it all.” Translation: “No pain, all gain. Where is the harm in that?”
Well, where is the harm in a moment of allowing our tempers to flare, our hunger to be fed, our words to be uncensored, our thoughts and actions to be for ourselves first, just this once? Give us the gain, without the pain!
What gives us the strength to say no? What gives us the courage to hold on?
Please set aside, Friday night, April 11, 2014, 6:15 PM dessert and 7:00 PM auction. Returning as auctioneers, Mike Hagin and Al Siegel! Items are starting to be turned in. Please fill out the Service Auction sheet and leave your items at the back of the church. It’s amazing how our creativity comes out for this fun-filled auction. Whether you knit, paint, craft, bake, or have an item that you never use, but looks like new, all this makes the auction an unforgettable evening! Remember all the proceeds go to the OGHS.
Members of our congregation made lenten crosses for worship through Lent. They will be in the sanctuary until Palm Sunday. On Palm Sunday, they will be invited to take the crosses home for Holy Week devotions.
During today’s worship, Reverend Elaine and Kristina Fermann presented a dramatic meditation based on Jesus’s temptation by the Devil, from Matthew, 4:1-11 – “After Jesus had gone without eating for forty days and nights, he was very hungry. Then the devil came to him and said, ‘If you are God’s Son, tell these stones to turn into bread.’
4 Jesus answered, “The Scriptures say:
‘No one can live only on food.
People need every word
that God has spoken.’”
Tuesday, March 11th at 11AM with Anne Marie Growney. Bring a sandwich. We will eat and watch a fun film together as we wait for our bread to rise. Then take home your bread, ready to bake or freeze. Bring two bread pans and a pastry cloth – if you have one.