Next to Nothing is More than Enough”

In the Gospel reading from Matthew, we find the familiar passage of scripture. We are quick to read it as a miracle of Jesus feeding thousands of people with 2 fish and 5 loaves of bread. However, if we look deeper, we will not only see Jesus’ compassion, but we will see when we don’t think we are or we have enough, Jesus can take not enough and turn it into more than enough. In this Gospel lesson we not only hear about the compassion and generosity of Jesus, if we read the verses leading up to this passage, we learn Jesus is dealing with very deep emotions brought on by a profound act.


Sheet Music
Woke Up This Morning – Chalice 623
Where Are You, God? – Sing Prayer and Praise 175
Go, Make a Difference – Sing Prayer and Praise 199

Invitation Prayer/The Lord’s Prayer

Sacrament of Holy Communion

Words of Institution
Distribution of Elements
Partake of Elements
Prayer of Thanksgiving

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Matthew 14:13-21 (NRSV)

Feeding the Five Thousand
Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 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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