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“Little Is Much” (John 6:1-21), Sunday July 25, 2021

“Little Is Much”

John 6:1-21

After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. 2A
a large crowd kept following him because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. 3
Jesus
went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. 4Now the Passover, the festival of
the Jews, was near. 5When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, Jesus said to
Philip, “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?” 6He said this to test him, for he
himself knew what he was going to do. 7Philip answered him, “Six months’ wages would not
buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.” 8One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s
brother, said to him, 9

“There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are
they among so many people?” 10Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was a great
deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all. 11Then Jesus took the
loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the
fish, as much as they wanted. 12When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, “Gather up the
fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.” 13So they gathered them up, and from the
fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve
baskets. 14When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say, “This is indeed the
prophet who is to come into the world.”
15When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he
withdrew again to the mountain by himself. 16When evening came, his disciples went down to
the sea, 17got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus
had not yet come to them. 18The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing. 19When
they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the
boat, and they were terrified. 20But he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” 21Then they wanted
to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the land toward which they were
going.

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“God’s Best” (Mark 6:30-34; 53-56) Sunday, July 18, 2021

 

Rev Brenda Sing-Ota: “God’s Best”

Mark 6:30-34; 53-56

30 The apostles gathered around Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught.  31 He said to
them, ‘Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.’ For many were coming
and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.  32 And they went away in the boat to a deserted
place by themselves.  33 Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they hurried there
on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of them.  34 As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd;
and he had compassion for them because they were like sheep without a shepherd, and he began
to teach them many things.
53 When they had crossed over; they came to land at Gennesaret and moored the boat.  54 When they
got out of the boat, people at once recognized him,  55, and rushed about that whole region and
began to bring the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was.  56 And wherever he went, into
villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in the market-places and begged him that they
might touch even the fringe of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.

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“God Wants to Gather Us Up” (Ephesians 1:3-14, Mark 6:14-29) Sunday July 11, 2021

“God Wants to Gather Us Up”

Ephesians 1:3-14

3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every
spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4

just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of
the world to be holy and blameless before him in love. 5He destined us for adoption as his
children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6

to the praise of his

glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. 7

In him we have redemption through

his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace 8

that he lavished

on us. With all wisdom and insight 9

he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according
to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, 10as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all
things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. 11In Christ we have also obtained an
inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things
according to his counsel and will, 12so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ,
might live for the praise of his glory. 13In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth,
the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised
Holy Spirit; 14this is the pledge of our inheritance toward redemption as God’s own people, to
the praise of his glory.

Mark 6:14-29

14King Herod heard of it, for Jesus’ name had become known. Some were saying, “John the
baptizer has been raised from the dead; and for this reason these powers are at work in
him.” 15But others said, “It is Elijah.” And others said, “It is a prophet, like one of the prophets of
old.” 16But when Herod heard of it, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised.”
17For Herod himself had sent men who arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison on
account of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, because Herod had married her. 18For John had
been telling Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” 19And Herodias had a
grudge against him, and wanted to kill him. But she could not, 20for Herod feared John, knowing
that he was a righteous and holy man, and he protected him. When he heard him, he was greatly
perplexed; and yet he liked to listen to him. 21But an opportunity came when Herod on his
birthday gave a banquet for his courtiers and officers and for the leaders of Galilee. 22When his
daughter Herodias came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests; and the king said to
the girl, “Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will give it.” 23And he solemnly swore to her,
“Whatever you ask me, I will give you, even half of my kingdom.” 24She went out and said to
her mother, “What should I ask for?” She replied, “The head of John the
baptizer.” 25Immediately she rushed back to the king and requested, “I want you to give me at
once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.” 26The king was deeply grieved; yet out of regard
for his oaths and for the guests, he did not want to refuse her. 27Immediately the king sent a
soldier of the guard with orders to bring John’s head. He went and beheaded him in the

prison, 28brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl. Then the girl gave it to her
mother. 29When his disciples heard about it, they came and took his body, and laid it in a tomb.

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“’Southwest’, Ohio – Our Hometown” (Mark 6:1-13) Sunday July 4, 2021

“Southwest’, Ohio – Our Hometown”

(Mark 6:1-13)

Just a Carpenter

1-2 He left there and returned to his hometown. His disciples came along. On the Sabbath, he gave a lecture in the meeting place. He stole the show, impressing everyone. “We had no idea he was this good!” they said. “How did he get so wise all of a sudden, get such ability?”

But in the next breath they were cutting him down: “He’s just a carpenter—Mary’s boy. We’ve known him since he was a kid. We know his brothers, James, Justus, Jude, and Simon, and his sisters. Who does he think he is?” They tripped over what little they knew about him and fell, sprawling. And they never got any further.

4-6 Jesus told them, “A prophet has little honor in his hometown, among his relatives, on the streets he played in as a child.” Jesus wasn’t able to do much of anything there—he laid hands on a few sick people and healed them, that’s all. He couldn’t get over their stubbornness. He left and made a circuit of the other villages, teaching.

The Twelve

7-8 Jesus called the Twelve to him, and sent them out in pairs. He gave them authority and power to deal with the evil opposition. He sent them off with these instructions:

8-9 “Don’t think you need a lot of extra equipment for this. You are the equipment. No special appeals for funds. Keep it simple.

10 “And no luxury inns. Get a modest place and be content there until you leave.

11 “If you’re not welcomed, not listened to, quietly withdraw. Don’t make a scene. Shrug your shoulders and be on your way.”

12-13 Then they were on the road. They preached with joyful urgency that life can be radically different; right and left they sent the demons packing; they brought wellness to the sick, anointing their bodies, healing their spirits.

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