And When He Had Given Thanks

for Sunday, July 29, 2012
17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
9th Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 12
Year B
lectionary focus: John 6:1-21
note: Since this Bible story also appeared in the lectionary for July 31, 2011, you can use my Let’s Have a Picnic sermon or you can use this one here…You can also pair this sermon with Pat Hutchin’s book, The Doorbell Rang (Greenwillow, 1986).

Good morning!

The other day, my friend Zachary and his sister went to visit their Grandmother. She had just made cookies! Zach and Liza love her cookies and were excited to share them. Then the backdoor opened and their cousins showed up. Oh, family fun!…but now they would get fewer cookies when they shared…but that was okay. Then some of the neighbor kids came over. Well, you see where this story is going. Zach and Liza were about to have a problem. They had lots of family and friends to play with, but with so many people they wouldn’t get very many cookies…in fact, as they divided up the cookies, they got fewer and fewer…until they each got only half a cookie!

But I wonder what was really important about that day?

In our Bible story today, Jesus and His friends have a picnic with 5,000 people. Oh, how fun to be with so many friends, yet it really didn’t seem like they would have enough to feed everyone. But when they had gather the five loaves of bread and the two fish, first Jesus gave thanks. Then they shared and they had enough. I like that Jesus shows us that before we start anything, we give thanks for what we have. Even when it seems that we don’t have enough or that the job is too hard or that we don’t even really know how to do what needs to be done, first we give thanks. And when we are first thankful for God’s love and guidance and blessings, we will be satisfied.

Will you say a prayer with me? (This is an echo prayer: the leader says a line and the children repeat it.)

Dear Lord,
Thank You for Your love.
Thank You for Your strength.
Thank You for Your blessings.
Help me
to give thanks
first.
Amen

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