The First Lesson was 2 Samuel 18: 5-9, 15, 31-33. This is an account of the death of Absalom and David’s lament for him. The Second Lesson was Ephesians 4:25…5:2. Paul tells the Ephesians that they need to put away any anger, lies, and unkind actions toward others. “Therefore be imitators of God, and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”
Reverend Gooch read the Gospel of John 6:35, 41-51. Jesus told them, “I am the bread of life.” Jesus tried to explain to them that He was the one who could give them eternal life. When the Jews questioned him about coming from heaven and being the bread of life, Jesus told them they must believe in him and that God had sent him to save them. They did not need physical bread, but the word that would feed their hearts and minds with the love of God. “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever, and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”
Reverend Gooch said that everyone has a hunger and man does not live by bread alone. We need more than just physical food to fill our hunger. There is an innate vacuum in man that only God can fill. Many go to church to hear the word that helps fill the need for closeness to God. Some may try to fill it with it other things, but it doesn’t work. Our spiritual hunger can be filled as long as we walk with God. Jesus told us that he is the true bread of life that comes to give life to the world and eternal life.
Jesus came to do God’s will and save us from death so we can have eternal life with him. How do we do this? Reverend Gooch says that we need to believe, come to him, and learn about God. Abide in him and let him be a part of your daily life. Come, learn, trust, obey, and eat of the bread of life. Put away anger, lies, and ugly ways and make room for God in your life. Be kind, tenderhearted, and forgiving. Practice kindness—we can do that! Jesus is the living word. Imitate God.
St. Matthew’s is undergoing repairs in the parish hall and therefore will cancel the Wednesday night Bible Study this week. We will start it up again in a few weeks. We invite everyone to join us next Sunday for services at 9 a.m. We also invite you to the fellowship in the parish hall after the service.