Jesus unrolled the scroll
Call to praise
O God, your word is a lamp to my feet
Blessed is the one
Not so the wicked!
For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
Call to discipleship
Jesus said, I am the bread of life.
The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”
So, they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place. But many who saw them leaving recognized them and ran on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So, he began teaching them many things.
By this time, it was late in the day, so his disciples came to him. “This is a remote place,” they said, “and it’s already very late. Send the people away so that they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.”
But he answered, “You give them something to eat.”
They said to him, “That would take more than half a year’s wages[a]! Are we to go and spend that much on bread and give it to them to eat?”
“How many loaves do you have?” he asked. “Go and see.”
When they found out, they said, “Five—and two fish.”
Then Jesus directed them to have all the people sit down in groups on the green grass. So, they sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people. He also divided the two fish among them all. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish. The number of the men who had eaten was five thousand.
Message and Breakout room discussion
1.How did you find the stories impacted you, both from scripture and the personal story shared? Example, did it bring up memories, stir any thoughts or emotions, awaken or confirm any yearnings? Tell us about that.
2. Regardless of where you were, can you think of a time and place where you were(are) a part of a ministry’s / community’s vision and mission that really engaged your person calling – what you were made for, called to do, etc.? How did that, (or is that) impact you?
Our Father who art in heaven
Our Father who art in heaven,
Now may the Lord of peace