12th Sunday After Pentecost
INTRODUCTION TO THE DAY
Jesus says that the bread he gives for the life of the World is his flesh, and whoever eats this bread has eternal life now and will be raised on the last day. In Ephesians, Paul tells us what this life Jesus gives us looks like, this life we live as those marked with the seal of the Holy Spirit in Baptism. We live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us. The whole purpose of life is giving yourself for the other.
FIRST READING: 1st Kings 19: 1-8
First Kings Chapter 18 describes the contest between Elijah and the prophets of Baal. The contest proves that the Lord is God, and afterward Elijah orders the killing of the Baal prophets. Angered by the deaths of her prophets, Queen Jezebel threatens to kill Elijah. This reading finds Elijah fleeing, fatigued, and in utter despair.
PSALM: Psalm 34: 1-8
SECOND READING: Ephesians 4: 25-5:2
Christians are called to be imitators of God. This does not mean Christians are perfect. Rather, the Spirit is a work in our lives so that our actions and attitudes genuinely reflect the love and forgiveness we have received through Christ and his death.
GOSPEL: John 6: 23-35
After feeding more than five thousand people in the wilderness, Jesus teaches them regarding the true significance of this remarkable sign.
CHURCH PICNIC – AUGUST 19
Karen and Don Brooks are hosting a picnic after church on Sunday, August 19 at their home. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. The Brooks have a lake where you can fish for blue gill or take a spin in the paddle boat, kayak, or canoe (life preservers are mandatory and supplied)!
Carpooling is available if people want to share a ride. Would love to see everyone there-should be a great afternoon of fellowship!
Looking forward, West Jefferson students will start school on Monday, August 20th. If you are out and about, please watch for children walking to and from school. What an exciting time.
Labor Day Weekend is August 31st through September 3rd. Watch traffic around the Community Center during this weekend and the lack of access on Saturday during the parade. Don’t forget the Ox Roast on Monday the 3rd.
Please keep these people in your prayers: Esther Mae Baker, Al Bausch, Don Brooks, Dortha Feddern, Bernie Brister, George Wendel, Carol Schiff, and the family of Susan Maggard. Please remember all of our shut-ins and sick. (Also, pray for the families and caretakers of those on the prayer list.)
THE BREAKFAST BUNCH
“The Breakfast Bunch” meets the first Saturday of every month at Der Dutchman in Plain City, at 8:30 a.m. “Come one, Come all” for a great breakfast, fellowship and more!
Please check the bulletin board behind the office door for all of the sign-up sheets for this year. Communion, birthday Sundays, and Worship Assistants/helpers. Thank you so much!
You can also remember special occasions or special people by contributing money that would normally be used for altar flowers. Instead the donation goes to our local food pantry.