The Lighthouse Keeper

Greetings from Pastor Kerry, former pastor of Spring City UMC. This blog contains my sermon outlines and/or manuscripts from my pastorate among the people of Spring City PA, from 2006 to 2011. Pastor Dennis is now the lighthouse keeper. Come and worship on Sundays at 10:00 a.m.!

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Jesus Bread

August 2, 2009
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Jesus Bread
from John 6

... Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life... John 6:27
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. – John 6:35

My sermon outline:

• (make a cup of tea in a clear container in view of congregation)

• This past week we did Vacation Bible School, Camp E.D.G.E. (Experience and Discover God Everywhere!)
It included daily Bible adventure treks (to the promised land, to Bethlehem, to a Pharisee's house, to the upper room, to Galilee), daily pledges, and fun songs.
We had as many volunteers as kids… lot of effort, time, resource (many thanks, and thanks for prayers)
Most importantly, God was there.

• There were kids who knew about God, knew the stories, and kids who didn’t.
Volunteers showed the love of God in their actions., and taught & witnessed to their faith.
I don’t know if kids’ll remember or not, but it was building faith foundation, and God was there.

• Now. in some ways, God and salvation in Jesus Christ is a concept, an idea. Not exactly tangible.

Tell a kid or neighbor “Jesus Christ is alive & loves you” then they say okay, where? how?
Well he lives in me & loves through me… okaaay…

• Talk amongst yourselves, you who profess Christian faith… how is Jesus alive, how does he love?

• Jesus says I am the bread of life. manna from heaven (Exodus 16), God’s daily saving heavenly bread.

God gave manna to the people in a time and political situation when no leader or government was between the people and God... it was the way God designed it to be.

• now in time of plenty, it can be hard to see God. It can also be easy to see what we don’t have. It takes some guidance to see Jesus.

• Know that when we have nothing, or all things, when we have confusion or clarity, depression or ecstasy, when we live in poverty or fear or pain, or life is rainbows and roses, we have Jesus.

• Like the tea has been in the water, Jesus’ love is in us, bringing color and flavour to our lives if we will let him in.

• Jesus asked why the people came to see him, whether for more bread or for signs or out of worship…

we come together to love. to reaffirm, strengthen. to send to work for God (believe). and to stay close to God, who is the bread of our lives.

• & let us remove the obstacles to our communion with God & each other by confessing…

- Pastor Kerry

This Sunday: 55 in worship.


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