|This weeks readings and question of the week:
Take time to mediate on God’s word and prepare for worship this Sunday. And as you meditate on them, consider the Question of the Week: How much of my daily prayer is focused on obtaining “food that perishes”? How can I change my prayer so that it focuses on “food that endures for eternal life”?
Psalm 78:3-4, 23-24, 25. 54
Ephesians 4: 17, 20-24
John 6: 30-35
“Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.”
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.”
- The people were sure about what they wanted, clear about how God had worked in the past; they had a template and they wanted to see whether Jesus fitted it. We sometimes approach Jesus in the same way, asking for what we need, expecting a particular answer. Jesus wants to open our hearts to receive what God is offering; we need to open our eyes to recognise it.
- Help us, Lord, when we are limited by our past. When we know how we have been blessed, help us to stay before you in trust, aware of how little we deserve but ready to receive your grace in new ways.
- Jesus points out to the crowd that it was God rather than Moses who provided the hungry Israelites with manna. Now he himself is God’s divine intervention in our world. He is the once-and-for-all gift of God to us.
- Lord, the words you held out to those Galileans so long ago are held out to me today. In every Eucharist you bring me life, even if I do not understand how. By partaking of the bread of life let me become your hands, your feet, your heart in the world. May I be self-giving as you are.
FROM SACRED SPACE
THANK YOU MATT!
Music always lifts our souls and makes our worship time a special praise to God. How blessed were are to have members and friends of All Souls with special musical talents to share.
A special thank you to MATT HAYES for his solo during communion this past Sunday. It was very special and a blessing to all. Thanks Matt!
LGBT NIGHT AT FIGHTIN PHIS – August 17
TICKETS ARE FREE!
TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE
We are a family of faith that believes in the power of prayer. We pray for each other; concerns of our friends and families; and we lay the issues of the world at God’s Feet.
To help us do this more efficiently – the weekly prayer request list will now be an insert in the bulletin. You are always welcome to take the entire bulletin home to re-read the scriptures or reflect on other parts of the service. However, if you don’t want to take the whole bulletin home – you can now very easily remove the prayer request insert and take it with you. You can even write down any new prayer requests that are lifted up during the service. Of course if you can’t make the service or you are one of our family or supporters that have moved away, you can always click on the “Prayer Request List” in the left column of the “Good News” each week to download and print out.
Please be encouraged and know that you do have prayer warriors on your side – lifting up praises of gratitude that are shared, but also praying for the sick, the weary, and those who have died. We encourage you to seek a closer walk with God and pray daily!
UPDATE YOUR INFO!
We always want to be sure your information is up to date. If you have moved, changes phone numbers, or use a new email address – let us know! We have “contact information” sheets printed out in the Heritage Room during coffee hours, just cross out any old info, and put in the new info. Or email any changes firstname.lastname@example.org. We are preparing new directories for this fall, so be sure to do this as soon as possible.
NORTH WEST MINISTERIUM
All Souls is part of the North West Ministerium; here are some local churches looking for help:
Hope Lutheran has a community meal and worship service every Tuesday from 5:30-6:30 Just show up – it is that easy.
Path of Holiness is collecting children’s clothing to send to El Salvador – there has been some devastation there recently and there is great need.
Have kids?: Hope Lutheran and Christ (Glenside) are having Vacation Bible School the first week of August – one is hosting in the morning, the other in the evening. Call them for more details.