Soul Food: A Summer Worship Series for July 25—August 29
Bread is a basic staple food, filling and made of simple ingredients. In our society, bread is plentiful and readily available. In calling himself the Bread of Life, Jesus speaks to his identification with the needs of the everyday person. Following the Bread of Life discourse in John 6 and Jesus’ teaching in Mark 7, this series explores the idea of how our own lives are transformed from the invitation to partake of the life-giving realities in Jesus Christ.
To be a Christian means to be someone who is related, in a vital, life-changing way, to the person of Jesus Christ. Christianity is not so much a philosophy of life as it is a relationship with a life-giving person. Our message, The Main Ingredient, will come from John 6:24-35. Our worship celebration will include the sharing of Holy Communion.
John 6:24-35 (NRSV)
24So when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus. 25When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” 26Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. 27Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.”
28Then they said to him, “What must we do to perform the works of God?” 29Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” 30So they said to him, “What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you? What work are you performing? 31Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” 32Then Jesus said to them, “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. 33For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.” 35Jesus 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.