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Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge that we are on land of the Kaurna people, the traditional custodians of the Adelaide Plains.We are awed that they celebrate the religious significance of place, plant and all living creatures; and that care for the earth is implanted in their law. We honour them and also delight in the sacred in our midst. We pray that in the power of the Holy Spirit we might work together for reconciliation and justice in this land

Matthew 14:13-21 (NRSV)

Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. 15When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, ‘This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.’ 16Jesus said to them, ‘They need not go away; you give them something to eat.’ 17They replied, ‘We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.’ 18And he said, ‘Bring them here to me.’ 19Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. 21And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

Reflection

This is a story demonstrating Jesus’s compassion where he began healing then feeding the hungry people. They went away filled.

The story as a whole has God’s act in Christ meeting human need. Jesus though, did not do this alone, Jesus’s miraculous power involves the disciples. Jesus charged them with “You give them something to eat”

The source of the feeding is God, the resources human.The work of the disciples, the ‘bread of human effort, is honoured, used and magnified by Jesus. We provide the bread, The work we/you do is honoured, Used And magnified by Jesus.

Thanks be to God.

Prayer

When we are calling, you are there, O listening Friend.
When we are fatigued and drawn,
you are seeing, O seeing Friend.
you are caring, O loving Friend.
When we are sleeping and resting,
you are watching, O compassionate Friend.

Our loving God,
we come as we are.
We call to you, in honesty,
tired from the week, fatigued by demands,
and longing for rest that will bring refreshment.
Come alongside, and let us know your presence,
O Comforter and Friend.
Amen, Amen, Amen

Rev Anne Hewitt