Good Shepherd Lutheran Church: Picking up the broken pieces
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Explaining the miracle performed after the death of John the Baptist, Jesus’ friend, was the focus of the homily given by the Rev. Wally Schievebein, pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, on the Eighth Sunday of Pentecost.

In this parable, Jesus works with five loaves of bread and two fishes to provide for the thousands of people who appeared on the shore during his mourning period. While in the boat which had been rowed out onto a lake, Jesus grieves for his friend and is probably considering what will become of his own call to spread the gospel of God’s love and forgiveness. Jesus realizes that in his own grief, others need him and his message of hope.

Where do most fit into the story of loaves and fishes? Humans are the broken pieces which remained of the loaves and fishes after over five thousand men, woman and children had eaten. The remains filled twelve baskets. As Jesus’ disciples, humans are the remaining “broken” group which still carries out the goal of spreading the gospel of God’s love and forgiveness.

Humans are the pieces and their duty is to offer healing to those in the world who have need and are sad and tired. Just as Jesus went among the crowds gathered on the shores of the lake to cure the sick, comfort the anxious, and calm the fearful, so one ventures forth to follow that calling. Together, all are his church and all provide a blessing for others.

At times the things one does are invisible. The church has much to offer in various facets.

God’s love is a constant, which can not be outrun, can’t be chased away, nor be broken. All Christians come together as a family with the common thread of when one is hurting all feel the hurt. When one experiences happiness, the feeling of joy and pride is felt by those who know them. Every thing one does for others speaks of God’s goodness and one’s faith. In the simple tasks one’s promise purpose should be to take God’s healing and share that with others. This might be giving someone a ride where they need to go, talking with those who need comfort, and helping them celebrate God’s goodness. There is plenty of God, more than one will ever need.

The congregation needs to reach out to those acquaintances who need a place of worship and encourage them to attend the service at 9:30 a.m. on the Ninth Sunday of Pentecost at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.
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