“When it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, ‘This is a deserted place, and the hour is now very late; send them away so that they may go into the surrounding country and villages and buy something for themselves to eat.’ But he answered them, ‘You give them something to eat.'” – Mark 6:35-37
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING: Mark 4-6, Psalm 120
Last Sunday, I shared with you that we are kicking off our 2021 stewardship emphasis as we look ahead to our theme for next year, One In Ministry to All The World. This theme comes from a prayer that we share in our Communion liturgy — “By your Spirit, make us one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world.” We have spent the last two years focused on thefirst two parts, and now we turn our attention to the third part of the prayer — being one in ministry to all the world.
In today’s scripture reading, we find a popular story from the Bible — Jesus feeding the five thousand. But what I find interesting about this story is that Jesus first instructed his disciples to feed the crowds. The Gospel of Mark is known for action. Throughout the gospel, Mark emphasizes the activity of Jesus and his disciples. In this story, we also discover that following Jesus requires us to take action.
Jesus had compassion for the crowds that gathered on that day. Jesus has that same compassion for all of God’s children today. Just as Jesus instructed his disciples to give the crowds something to eat, Jesus is instructing us to give his children something to eat. It may be physical food (which we do through collections for the Rainbow Pantry, providing food for kids through Friday’s Child, and more) or it may be a spiritual feeding that is necessary. To be “one in ministry” means that all of us are called to exhibit the same compassion to all of God’s children, and that we offer everyone the Bread of Life, Jesus.
This Sunday, we will celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion as part of aglobal celebration of World Communion Sunday. May it be a reminder to all of us of God’s love for all of the world. May it also remind us that God has called us to not just receive grace, but to offer grace to others.
As always, I hope you have a great weekend and I look forward to being with you in worship online beginning Sunday at 8:45 AM and on campus at 9:30 and 11:00 AM!
P.S. If you are not able to be with us on Sunday morning in worship, I hope you will plan to join me on Sunday afternoon from 12:30-2:00 PM for our monthly Drive Thru Communion and Prayer. I will be under the portico in the back parking lot of the church. As you pull up, we will have a communion packet for you and would love to pray with you.