Partners in Miracles

For Meditation

This Sunday is Trinity Sunday, the first Sunday in Ordinary Time. Ordinary Time is that six-month period of the Christian Year when we remember the story of God’s people in the Old and New Testaments. In Ordinary Time we remember that we are a part of a great community of believers throughout time and history that are called together to bear witness to God’s promises and presence in the world, all if which is fuliflled in Jesus and his Kingdom. The color of this season is green, representing the way God is at work even in the small, ordinary rhythms of creation. Green also speaks to the way God is calling and empowering us to join him in his work of renewling all things. Look for the lovely change of colors in the sancutary this week representing our change of season.

This Sunday we have the privilege of having Fakhri Yacoub, the pastor of the Christian Arabic Churchas our preacher. Fakhri will be preaching on John 6:1-15, one of the accounts of the feeding of the five thousand. One of the unique aspects of this miracle is that Jesus invites the disciples to “help” him with the miracle. “You give them something to eat,” Jesus tells his disciples (Mark 6:37). Fakhri will be speaking about Jesus’ invitation to his people to join him in caring for people in need in our community, especially the many immigrants and refugees among us. We’ll hear about the work that the CAC is doing and how we might come along side them.

Our weekly worship guide can be found here.

John 6:1-15

After this Jesus went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. 2 And a large crowd was following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing on the sick. 3 Jesus went up on the mountain, and there he sat down with his disciples. 4 Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand. 5 Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a large crowd was coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?” 6 He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he would do. 7 Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread would not be enough for each of them to get a little.” 8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said to him, 9 “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many?” 10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, about five thousand in number. 11 Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated. So also the fish, as much as they wanted. 12 And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, “Gather up the leftover fragments, that nothing may be lost.” 13 So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves left by those who had eaten. 14 When the people saw the sign that he had done, they said, “This is indeed the Prophet who is to come into the world!”

15 Perceiving then that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself.