the 9th sunday after pentecost
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. . .
Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.
the DEVOTION. . .
The-priesthood-of-all-baptized-Christians is something we don’t hear a lot about. We’re more concerned with things … like being saved … like saying prayers … like reading the bible … But if there’s one theme needed in the age of COVID, it has to be this one. Only problem … there are a couple ways of understanding it!
Popular view – here in the good, old U.S. of A. – is that no one needs anyone else to “go” to god. We’re our own priests! When we want god to know something, we just tell god. When we need anything, we just ask. No mediator! No middleman! Rugged American individualism at its sacred best! I don’t need anyone and, thankfully, they don’t need me!
But that’s not how a church rooted in the gospel sees it. For that kind of church, god doesn’t operate one-on-one. Instead, there’s always, always a priest. Always a go-between, an intermediary. Someone standing in the middle. With. For. But the good news … we’re all that person for each other! We don’t have to be trained. Ordained. We can, simply, be! Be ourselves. Plain! Ordinary! Everyday! And baptized! People loving … just like Jesus!
Bob Barndt, pastor