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06.13.2021

 

 

SERVICE SUMMARY: We all enter life hungry, crying out for someone to feed us. It’s one of the basic needs that every human shares. Does God care about our daily bread or how we eat it? What place does food have in spirituality? Join us this Sunday as we begin a two-part series on food and feasting.

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REFLECTIONS

When we eat without thought or thanksgiving we are not men, but beasts.

—M.F.K. Fisher, How to Cook a Wolf

 

Food is a gift of God given to all creatures for the purpose of life’s nurture, sharing, and celebration. When it is done in the name of God, eating is the earthly realization of God’s eternal communion-building love.

—Norman Wirzba, Faith and Food

 

You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.

―G. K. Chesterton

 

SCRIPTURE:

Genesis 2:9

And out of the ground the Lord God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. 

Deuteronomy 14:25-26

25 then you shall tun [your tithe] into money and bind up the money in your hand and go to the place that the Lord your God chooses 26 and spend the money for whatever you desire—oxen or sheep or wine or strong drink, whatever your appetite craves. And you shall eat there before the Lord your God and rejoice, you and your household. 

Luke 7:34

The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ 

John 6:53-55

53 So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. 55 For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. 

Matthew  6:11

Give us this day our daily bread, 

1 Timothy 4:4-5

“Everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.” 

Revelation 19:9

9 And the angel said to [John], “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.” 

Isaiah 25:6

On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples

    a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine,

    of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined.

 

 

CONFESSION OF SIN

Gracious Lord, we abuse the good things you have created.

Have mercy on us.

Generous Lord, we consume your gifts but do not give you thanks,

Have mercy on us.

Good Lord, we hunger and thirst after things which cannot satisfy our deepest longings,

Have mercy on us.

Merciful Lord, we neglect to share your gifts with those in need.

Have mercy on us.

 

 

SONG OF PREPARATION:

1. When we see the risen Savior with the bread that he has blessed,
He becomes the living Servant, heav’nly food for holy rest.
Stay with us, for day is fading, feast with us, O secret King,
Show to us how Scripture’s story speaks of you in everything.

Do not our hearts burn now?
For you’re here in power.

2. Jesus, show yourself the Author and Perfecter of our faith,
In your living and your dying, consummation of God’s grace.
From creation to the exile, incarnation to the grave,
Resurrection to ascension; come, O Jesus, come to save.

Do not our hearts burn now?
For you’re here in power.

Open our eyes, shine on our sight,
O risen Lord, reigning on high;
Give us your life, bread from the skies;
Lift up our hearts, open our eyes.

3. You’re the Word that spoke creation, you’re the end of Moses’ Law,
You’re the goal of Abram’s blessing, you’re the King whom David saw;
You’re the Day the prophets longed for, you’re the covenant of grace,
You’re the hero of the Scriptures, now we see you face to face.

Do not our hearts burn now?
For you’re here in power. (Chorus)

4. Jesus, show yourself the Prophet, Jesus, show yourself the King,
Jesus, show yourself the Priest, all in all, and everything.