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Sermon Help for Proper 13 | OT 18 | Pentecost 8
A Bucket Full Of Miracles: Preaching The Miracles Of JesusFeeding The 5,000
Exegesis, commentary, sermon illustrations, and preaching suggestions by Jeff Wedge based on Matthew 14:13-21 excerpted from A Bucket Full Of Miracles: Preaching The Miracles Of Jesus
The feeding miracle, specifically the feeding of the 5,000, is the only miracle which is found in all four gospels. There is some discussion over the independence of the account of the feeding of the 4,000, which is reported only in Mark and Matthew. While the details of the occurrence are questioned by many people, the basic historicity of some sort of a feeding is beyond any serious question. It is the specific details of the feeding miracle which seem to confuse the commentators and cause discussions and here for the full resource

Free Children's Sermon for Proper 13 | OT 18 | Pentecost 8

The Giant Book of Children's Sermons: Matthew To RevelationThe Great Picnic
Children's sermon by Wesley T. Runk based on Matthew 14:13-21 from excerpted from The Giant Book of Children's Sermons: Matthew To Revelation.
Object: a basketful of pieces of broken bread

Good morning, boys and girls. How many of you have heard of the time that Jesus fed 5,000 people with just a couple of loves of bread and some fish that a little boy had in his basket? (let them answer) We call that happening a miracle. No one else could have done this, except for Jesus, and he did it several times. We can't explain it and we don't even try to. All we know is that a lot of people were with him one day at supper time and no one had anything to eat. The disciples wanted to send the people away, but Jesus told them that they should invite the people to stay and be fed. It seemed impossible to feed that many, but they knew that Jesus could do some amazing things, so they invited the people to sit down and wait for something to happen....
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Chris Keating

Wrestling With Hope

Genesis 32:22-31; Matthew 14:13-21

We’re seeing world conflict in all of its broadband glory. Cable news channels offer reports of the withering and bloody attacks in Gaza, where there is little hope for a permanent ceasefire after the breakdown of a temporary truce. Across the internet there are analyses of the investigation into the downed Malaysian Airline Flight 17, including photos of the remains of some of the Dutch victims being returned home. Meanwhile, headline news provides ongoing reports of fighting in Syria, a suicide bomber in Libya, and the fleeing of Christians from Mosul.
     As a friend wrote on my Facebook page recently, “Show me the hope.”
     Leaders grappling with the nonstop events might see themselves wrestling like Jacob at the Jabbok in Genesis 32. It is a tough struggle against fierce opponents. As the New York Times noted, “rarely has a president been confronted with so many seemingly disparate foreign policy crises all at once.”
      When you wrestle unseen opponents, it’s hard to find hope. Yet both the Old Testament and New Testament lessons offer reminders of God’s incarnational presence -- and that alone may save us....
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Righting Wrong

To Jim it seemed like an opportunity to right decades of wrongs.
      As Jim learned more and more about the congregation he had joined, he began to discover it languished from a festering tumor lodged deep within it. The previous two pastors, over their fifty-plus-year tenure, had never made much headway trying to move people from merely being members of the big fancy downtown church to being disciples, to committing their lives and loyalty fully to mission and ministry. The last pastor had, in fact, resorted to begging for big gifts from wealthy members and even non-members to make it all work out by the year's end.
      The last pastor retired, and the time of the great year-end bailouts had come to an end. The costs of maintaining the beauty of an old building and sustaining the excellence of its worship continued to rise. Fear gripped the hearts of members when three neighboring churches closed their doors, because it was overwhelmingly inconvenient for their members to drag their families for the half-hour trip downtown to participate in programs with children who were not their schoolmates or friends. "Our church might be next," said those with fearful hearts....
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Ron Love


The wise old preacher hobbled up to the pulpit and made an announcement to the congregation. "I have some good news and I have some bad news," the preacher said. "Our fund-raising efforts have been successful. The capital campaign will more than pay off the educational wing. We'll even have enough money for all new toys for the nursery. The good news is, right here in this sanctuary, we have more than enough money!"...
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Frank Ramirez

Rules Fer Wrasslin'

Romans 8:26-39

Genesis 32:22-31

There's a little scrap of papyrus written in Greek words from the second century AD. Discovered over a century ago in the Egyptian desert, it measures around five and a half by seven inches. There are holes here and there, but the translation, as near as it can be figured, goes something like this:...
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Janice Scott

What use is a silver spoon?

When I was younger I used to envy those who appeared to have been born with silver spoons in their mouths. They had everything going for them, they didn't want for anything, and their life-style always seemed to me to be exotic and sophisticated.
      But as I've grown older I've discovered that such people are no happier than anyone else, and that life's problems affect them just as much as they affect the rest of us....
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Cynthia Cowen

Great Things from Small Offerings

The Point: Jesus wants us to work together to spread the kingdom of God.

The Lesson: Thank you, boys and girls, for joining me during this time of sharing. Do you know what this is? (let children answer) You see this offering plate passed around every time we gather to worship. What do our members place in the offering plate? (let children answer) For what is the offering used?...
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