Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, . . .. A large crowd kept following him, . . .. When he [Jesus] looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?” . . . One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. . . . Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, “Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.” So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets.
From sermon4kids.com: “Some of us may only have a little. Some of us have been blessed with much more than we need. Either way, God is pleased when we share with others.”
Scripture: July 29, 2018—2 Samuel 11:1-15; Psalm 14; Ephesians 3:14-21; and John 6:1-21.
Collect: O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Reflection: How does Christ feed you today?
Sunday School—check with your teacher (Youth are out for the summer)
Jesus Feeds 5,000
Students of Jesus sat up on a hill
Five thousand people with stomachs to fill
Learning the word, shouting with praise
Walking and walking for days upon days
When Jesus got ready to serve the main dish
He found five loaves of bread and two small fish
The disciples all panicked- what would they do?
There was not enough food to feed this large crew
“Pass out the food,” came Jesus’ loud voice
The disciples obeyed, they hadn’t a choice
Everyone ate until they were stuffed
By a miracle of God, there was more than enough
Baskets and baskets of food were collected
The disciples were joyous- this was unexpected
A miracle happened by Jesus’ small wish
To share five loaves of plain bread and two fish.
Movies/Videos: “The Postman always rings twice” (1946), consequences of David’s adultery; “Soul Food” (1997), ritual to hold families together; “Phenomenon” (1996), good description of value of eucharist
Image “Feeding the 5000” by John Riley.
For the summer, we are exploring how faith and science fit together—or do they? The fourth video in our summer series looks at the difference between how science versus faith answers the question “What is a human being?” For this week, pick up your worksheet at church or print from here. Continue to think about how science and faith answer many of our questions. Write down what you think. Write it on your worksheet or share it on Friends of SSSJ facebook page.