Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

August 15, 2021 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
311 Blue Grass Trail
Morris Fleischer

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.

In our fumbling human attempts to think about God, we often project our images of God upon God.  Yet, at the same time, God is also projecting God’s love for us upon us, in Christ.  In Jesus, God comes to us, reaches out to us in ways we can comprehend.  This is the basis of our faith—not what we think or feel or imagine, but rather what God reveals.  Our message, Stepping Up to the Plate, will draw from John 6:51-58.

John 6:51-58 (NRSV)

51I am the living bread that came down from heaven.  Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”  52The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”  53So Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.  54Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; 55for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink.  56Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them.  57Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me.  58This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died.  But the one who eats this bread will live forever.”