Wednesday, July 16, 2008

What A Waste!

This week, Lay Reader Andrew brings us the message found in Matthew 13: 1-9; 18-33 :-The Parable of the Sower.

Conservation is the watchword for today, but in Jesus time, waste was not such a big deal. Farmers didn't worry about spilling grain, a certain woman didn't worry about wasting perfume on Jesus, a prodigal son didn't mind wasting his inheritance and so on.

Listen to Andrew as we find out what wastage-then and now-really means!

Listen or download: What A Waste!

Illawarra Lutheran Parish
13th July 2008
Pentecost 9

Prayer of the Day.
Kind and generous God, you have planted and watered the seed of your word in us. Use it to produce a rich harvest in us and through us. We ask this through your dear Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Readings for the Week.
This week I have a special: a recording of the readings for the week.!
Genesis 25: 19-24.
Romans 8: 1-11
Matthew 13: 1-9; 18-23

Photo credit: 'Boyish Tricks' by John Nyberg, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Monday, July 07, 2008

The Bread of Life.

Just what is this odd term, the Bread of Life? In John 6, Jesus refers to himself as the bread of life many times. Many of the disciples could not understand what He meant and so abandoned Him.

A few, however, understood that Jesus had the words of life and so stayed. We, too, try to understand what Jesus said-and many still fall away, unable or unwilling to comprehend.

Join Pastor John as he leads us through this sometimes difficult-to-understand passage.

Click to listen or download: The Bread of Life.

Illawarra Lutheran Parish
6th July 2008
8th Sunday after Pentecost

Prayer of the Day
God, our source and our goal, you have made us to hunger and thirst for you. Satisfy our hunger with the bread that gives real life: your Son Jesus Christ. For he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Readings for the Week.
Exodus 16: 9-15
1 Corinthians 10: 16, 11: 23-35
John 6: 24-35

Please note: the previous 2 weeks messages are unavailable due to other prior commitments.

Photo credit: 'Wheat' by Mitz, Romania.