“God, Our Nurturer” Sermon for August 6, 2017





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Published on Aug 8, 2017

Rev. Charles Svendsen
Scripture: Psalm 131; Matthew 14:14-21

Pastor Charles' Warmup:
On Sunday, August 6th, we will serve the Lord's Supper in the pews at the 9:30 traditional worship and at the 11:15 am contemporary worship by intinction. Children are always welcome to the table of Christ. We continue our Summer Psalms II sermons with "God, Our Nurturer" from Psalm 131. In this peaceful psalm we learn of our complete dependence on our nurturing and reliable God. As a child our souls are "calmed and quieted." That's certainly a good word for WPC right about now. The psalmist concludes with a prayer for Israel, "O Israel, hope in the Lord from this time on and forevermore." The Gospel lesson assigned for the 9th Sunday after Pentecost and the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time is Matthew 14:14-21, the narrative of Jesus feeding the 5,000. I will be offering three "considerations" from this familiar story of our Lord's miracle of compassion. I'm excited about both worship services this Sunday. See you in worship.

Charles Svendsen
Interim Pastor

Psalm 131
O Lord, my heart is not lifted up, my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me.

But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; my soul is like the weaned child that is with me.

O Israel, hope in the Lord from this time on and forevermore.

Matthew 14:14-21
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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