Giving It All to God


August 6, 2017, worship service at Christ United Methodist Church in Marietta, Ohio, Pastor Don Archer speaking on Matthew 14:13-21, the feeding of the 5,000.

August 6, 2017

Bible Text: Matthew 14:13-21 |

Call to Worship

L: Come, all who are hungry and thirsty.

P: The Lord will provide for our needs.

L: Come this day to the table of the Lord.

P: Here we will find welcome and sustenance.

L: Come to this time of gathering and praise.

P: Lord, we come with open hearts to receive your gift of grace. Amen.

Opening Prayer

Gracious God, be with each of us as we open our ears to hear your words, our hearts to feel your presence, and our spirits to receive your healing touch. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

Old Testament Reading

Isaiah 55:1-5 (CEB)

All of you who are thirsty, come to the water! Whoever has no money, come, buy food and eat! Without money, at no cost, buy wine and milk! Why spend money for what isn’t food, and your earnings for what doesn’t satisfy? Listen carefully to me and eat what is good; enjoy the richest of feasts. Listen and come to me; listen, and you will live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful loyalty to David. Look, I made him a witness to the peoples, a prince and commander of peoples. Look, you will call a nation you don’t know, a nation you don’t know will run to you because of the Lord your God, the holy one of Israel, who has glorified you.

Gospel Reading

Matthew 14:13-21 (NRSV)

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. When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” Jesus said to them, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” They replied, “We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.” And he said, “Bring them here to me.” 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. And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

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