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Getting Out the WORD - the seventh sunday after pentecost
Written by Pastor Bob   
Thursday, 04 August 2011 10:54

the PRAYER. . .

 

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 READING. . .

 

"Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick." (matthew 14:13-21 )

 

the DEVOTION. . .

 

“The church is broken!” “It’s dying!” At least, that’s what I’ve been hearing! And of course, everyone has advice! "Read your bible!" "Say your prayers!" "Refurbish!" "Relocate!" "Show hospitality!" "Break off!" "Pull away!" "Advertise!" "Use guitars!" "Forget the hymnal!" "Better music!" "PowerPoint!" "Facebook!" "Twitter!" "A good slogan!" "A better logo!" And the list goes on. . . and on. . . and on. . . “The church is broken!” “It’s dying!” "No one is coming any more!" "No one, even, seems to be interested!" Yada, yada, yada. . .

 

“Now when Jesus heard [that John the Baptizer had been beheaded], he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself.” But when he

went ashore. . . the crowd was already there, waiting for him!

 

And he had compassion for them. . .

 

Jesus had COMPASSION for them. . .

 

And we wonder why there's no more crowds?


bob barndt, pastor
 
Getting Out the WORD - the sixth sunday after pentecost
Written by Pastor Bob   
Thursday, 28 July 2011 09:00

the PRAYER. . .

 

Beloved and sovereign God, through the death and resurrection of your Son you bring us into your kingdom of justice and mercy. By your Spirit, give us your wisdom, that we may treasure the life that comes from Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

 

the READING. . .

 

"Have you understood all this?" They answered, "Yes." (matthew 13:31-33 , matthew 13:44-52 )

 

the DEVOTION. . .

 

It was after his baptism, after the temptation, that 'the crowd' first appears. Jesus teaches; 'the crowd' listened. He proclaims; they hear. And as his fame spreads, 'the crowd' grows. Jesus has compassion for 'the crowd'. . . harassed. . . helpless. . . He heals their sick. Raises their dead. Feeds them. And they're amazed. Astounded. Filled with awe.

 

When he comes to Jerusalem, 'the crowd' is there. Spreading their cloaks on the ground. Paving his way with branches. Shouting, singing, "Hosanna." But, they're, also, there, that night, in the garden. And they're there, that morning, as well. Crying, "Barabbas!" Shouting, "Crucify!" Then, after that, 'the crowd' is no more, never mentioned again.

 

And Jesus asked 'the crowd', "Do you understand?"

bob barndt, pastor

 
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