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Getting Out the WORD - the eighth sunday after pentecost
Written by Pastor Bob   
Thursday, 11 August 2011 14:03

the PRAYER. . .

 

O God our defender, storms rage around and within us and cause us to be afraid.  Rescue your people from despair, deliver your sons and daughters from fear, and preserve us in the faith of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.


the READING. . .

 

When evening came, he was there alone, but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them.  And early in the morning he came walking toward them on the sea.  But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, "It is a ghost!"  And they cried out in fear.  But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, "Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid."    (matthew 14:22-33 )

 

the DEVOTION. . .

 

“Parents are not interested in justice; they‘re interested in peace and quiet!” ...  at least, from Bill Cosby's perspective! And, as a parent myself, I have to admit, there are times... Unfortunately, we could just as easily apply that observation to the church. "Peace and quiet at all costs!" seems to be our mantra. And passages like this one from Matthew reinforce the misconception. Storms rage. Winds push. Waves punish. Jesus appears! And, wonder of wonders... miracle of miracles... it all goes away!

 

Truth is, Jesus isn't interested in peace and quiet. He’s interested only in justice! Justice not in a John Wayne or Gary Cooper kind of way. But justice in the sense of honesty and compassion! Justice of a god's charity and god's mercy sort! And, sometimes... sometimes, when you do that, you CAUSE the storm! Sometimes, justice brings not peace and quiet, but conflict... and division... and sometimes...  sometimes, justice brings, even, a cross...

bob barndt, pastor

 
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
 
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