Pastor's Newsletter Article November 2017


John 6:25-29
35 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. 36 But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. 37 Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and anyone who comes to me I will never drive away; 38 for I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. 40 This is indeed the will of my Father, that all who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life; and I will raise them up on the last day.”

      

Greetings Little Cedar and Marshall Lutheran Churches,

 

I was visiting with some youth the other day. We were talking about the sort of things we do when we hang out with our friends and family. One of the first things that they said was to eat food. Admittedly, food does somehow bring people together.

I might as well make a plug for the youth while I’m at it. If you are need of some recipes that will bring people together, LYO has a cookbook for sale in support of the ELCA Youth Gathering trip to Houston in the summer of 2018.

The title of the cookbook is “Loaves, Fishes, and Other Good Dishes.” Which brings me to the reading from John 6. This reading comes from the feeding of the 5,000, in which Jesus feeds the crowd with 5 loaves of bread, and 2 fish.

The next day, Jesus then speaks to the crowd, and reminds them that he is the true bread. A bread that satisfies, bringing eternal life. Gathering at a table does bring people together. As a congregation, we gather for the Lord’s Supper. It is in that gathering, in the breaking of bread together, that we become the Body of Christ in this world! Sent forth and proclaim and share the Good News!!

Blessings! Pr. Jeremy

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