Ninth Sunday of Trinity
Introduction and Call to Worship
Our focus today is on the Christian life: We need the root of the church community in order that we can grow and become the disciples Jesus is calling us to be! We are fed by Him spiritually and physically as we seek to build his kingdom today.
First Reading 2 Kings 4:42-44
Elisha is at Gilgal when there is a famine. When a man arrives with twenty loaves of barley and fresh ears of grain, the prophet orders his servant to give it to the people to eat. The servant protests that it will not feed a hundred people, but Elisha insists. When they eat, they have some left over.
Second Reading Ephesians 3:14-21
The writer prays that God grants the Ephesians strength through the Holy Spirit, that Christ live in their hearts through faith. He prays for them the power to comprehend the fullness of Christ’s love and be filled with God.
Gospel John 6:1-21
John describes the feeding of the five thousand. After this, Jesus withdraws to the mountain by himself. That evening, his disciples take a boat across the sea. When a storm blows up they see Jesus walking on the sea towards them. They are terrified but he tells them not to be afraid. Immediately the boat reaches land.
HOMILY "May you be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love.” (Ephesians 3:16,17)