“I am old, Gandalf. I don’t look it, but I am beginning to feel it in my heart of hearts.” Well preserved indeed, [Gandalf replied]. “Why, I feel all thin, sort of stretched, if you know what I mean: like butter that has been scraped over too much bread. That can’t be right. I need a change, or something.”
When you reach the limits of your resources or abilities, you have no margin left. Yet because we don’t even know what margin is, we don’t realize its gone. We know that something is not right but we can’t solve the puzzle beyond that.
—Richard Swenson, Margin
“Any relationship, if it is going to grow, needs private space, time together without an agenda, where you can get to know each other … Efficiency, multitasking, and busyness all kill intimacy. In short, you can’t get to know God on the fly.”
Sermon Summary: Do you ever feel like you have more on your plate than you can handle? Or like you’re treading water in the sea of life, just barely keeping your head above water? Do you feel exhausted, directionless, and unable to stop? Come hear what Jesus has to say to hungry, exhausted, and exasperated people as we continue our series in the gospel of Mark.
Passage to Consider: Mark 6:30–44
The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves. Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they ran there on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things. And when it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the hour is now late. Send them away to go into the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.” And they said to him, “Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread and give it to them to eat?” And he said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” And when they had found out, they said, “Five, and two fish.” Then he commanded them all to sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in groups, by hundreds and by fifties. And taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing and broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the people. And he divided the two fish among them all. And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish. And those who ate the loaves were five thousand men.
Confession of Sin:
Lord, you said,
“If you love me, you will obey what I command.”
Forgive us for our lukewarm love and disobedience.
Lord, you said,
“You may ask for anything in my name.”
Forgive us for trying to solve our problems without you.
Lord, you said,
“Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
Forgive us for submitting to fear and anxiety.
Lord, you also said,
“My blood is poured out for the forgiveness of sins.”
Have mercy on us Lord. We cling to the cross, trusting that you alone have the power to save. Amen.
Song to Consider