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PENTECOST 19: WORLD FOOD SUNDAY: OCTOBER 15, 2017 Readings: Exodus 16: 11-17; Matthew 6:5-14 Sermon: Groceries and Grace: “Give us this day our daily bread” Readings Dr. Fred B. Craddock tells of going to hear a well-known speaker talk about world hunger. He was not disappointed in her presentation. Her speech was well-organized and persuasive. However, Dr. Craddock said that the most memorable and life-changing remark came from a little white-haired lady who had much less education and
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  PENTECOST 19: WORLD FOOD SUNDAY: OCTOBER 15, 2017Reading:  Exodus 16: 11-17; Matthew 6:5-14 Se! #n : Groceries and Grace: “Give us this day our daily bread ReadingD!$ F!ed B$ C!add#%& tells o! oin to hear a well-#nown s$ea#er tal# aboutworld hun er% 'e (a n#)  disa$$ointed in her $resentation% &er s$eech waswell-or ani'ed and $ersuasive%  '#(e*e!, D!$ C!add#%& aid  that the (ost (e(orable and li!e-chan in re(ar# ca(e !ro( a little white-haired lady who had (uch less education and oratory s#ills than the (ain s$ea#er - but she did so(ethin he would never !or et% +# -, . a /ng!- W/- d#n) (e /a*e an- 3##d4+S/e )##& #ne en)en%e  and translated it into 5) di*erent lan ua es% D!$ C!add#%&, eing a 6ea!ned an + could $artially understand an occasional word% T/e ga)/e!ing  listened attentively+ and then a!ter 5, versions+ she shared the sentence with tears runnin down her chee#s+ and a hurt ex$ression on her !ace: +# -, . a /ng!-$ W/- d#n) (e /a*e an- 3##d4+'e 3#!g#) )/e !i66ian) ee%/, ) /e ne*e! 3#!g#) )/a) en)en%eT/a) a3)e!n##n  on his way bac# to tlanta+ .r% /raddoc# $assed a billboard on the interstate% 'e aid /e  had $assed this billboard at least a thousand ti(es% T/i )i e, /#(e*e!, /e  was (orally re$ulsed+ !or the si n said+ 0u*et: ll you can eat - 24%35%0 'e 3#!g#)  the brilliant s$eech+ but he never!or ot that sentence% We a!e a!) #3 a 6a!ge! %# ni)- #3 3ai)/: 8i*e  #! dai6- !ead NOT +i*e e )/i da- - dai6- !ead+E*e!- )i e  we $ray this $rayer that esus tau ht his disci$les to $ray+ we (ust always be re(inded that he did not $ray+ 0Give (e this day (y daily bread%0 We a!e  re(inded that we are $art o! a lar er co((unity o! !aith% T/e L#!d P!a-e!  is a co((unity $rayer% E*e!- )i e  we $ray the ords rayer others are included% .n ea%/ and e*e!-  $lea; !ro( the be innin to the end o! it+ it doesnt once say+ 0Me%0 B!ead W/a) a !6 #3 eaning in #ne i 6e (#!d: B!eadOn )/e e # ad  on the re!ri erator in (ost households+ 8 a( sure that onthe to$ o! the list !or roceries+ there will be the word 0bread%0 .) i a ni*e!a6 3##d  and need !or our bodies $ E*en in -ea!  $ast+ $risoners in  9ails were entitled to at least 0bread and water%0  ;e &ne(  the needs o! 1  the hu(an body% 'e 3ed 5,000  $eo$le because he had co($assion on the(% 'e (#6d n#)  $er(it the( to o ho(e 0hun ry%0 B!ead W/a) a  sur$lus o! (eanin in one si($le word--bread%  ;e a6(a- ed )/e #) ai% /-i%a6 need )# indi%a)e #! i!i)a6 needB) ;e  (eant not si($ly $rovidin !or $hysical needs%  ;e in)ended  the sy(bol and substance o! $hysical earthly bread to direct us to hi her s$iritual needs that also (ust be !ed and sustained%  ;e a6(a- ed  the (ost basic $hysical need to indicate our s$iritual needs% .n ;#/n <:27  esus says+ 0.o not labor !or the !ood which $erishes but !or the !ood which endures to eternal li!e%0 W/a) %ae /nge! )#da-4 T/e %ae #3 /nge! a!e 6)idi eni#na6 and den- )/e )e )a)i#n #3 i 6e an(e! Wa!:   (a9or contributin !actor to hun er is war; E%#n# i%:  ational and international econo(ic decisions contribute to hun er; En*i!#n en):  oo little rain causes drou hts < too (uch rain causes =oods% >ver ra'in + over-cultivation and de!orestation have trans!or(ed once $roductive !ar( lands into wastelands% Environ(ental (is(ana e(ent; P#6a)i#n:  erha$s no cause o! hun er is (ore hotly debated within so(e circles than the issue o! the relationshi$ between $o$ulation and hun er; Aa)/-:  erha$s one o! the(ost serious causes o! hun er is a$athy% P/-i%a6 /nge! i e) - )/e 6#a*e and =/e, ) )/e /nge! 3#! e!#na6 ea%e, eaning and !#e %# e #n6- 3!# ;e C/!i) (/# (a #6d )# de%6a!e +. a )/e B!ead #3 Li3e$+ D!$ T#n- Ca a6#  tells o! the outra eous clai( (ade by a /oca-/ola co((ercial he once saw% A#) #ne )/#and $eo$le asse(bled on the to$ o! a (ountain in 8taly holdin hands+ sin in to ether+ re$resentin $eo$le !ro( every $art o! the divided world+ inging  08?d li#e to teach the world to sin in $er!ect har(ony%0 T/e #(e! and - #6  to create this new world order is /oca-/ola@ W/a) /aen  when the /o#e runs outA T/e Bi6e )e66  us that only esus /hrist can $rovide the bread which Blls the sto(ach and a whole lot (ore% T/e )# a%/ i a )!a)egi%  $lace to start but a lousy $lace to end% P/-i%a6 /nge!  is (et by the loaves and Bshes+ but the hun er !or $ersonal $eace+ (eanin and $ur$ose co(es only !ro( esus /hrist who was bold to declare 08 a( the read o! i!e%0 Le) a!e )/!ee  thou hts !or our consideration on this i($ortant $etition+ 0Give us this day our daily bread%0 2  1$ We a!e deenden) #n #d 3#! a 6i3e )/a) i 366 #3 eaning and !#e, n#) >) -ne % +- ea!%/ i ended+ T/e!e (a  a certain sin le (inister+ who was also a well-#nown theolo ian+ who ca(e ho(e one evenin !ro( his classes and sat down to eat his (eal $re$ared by his house#ee$er% 'e 6##&   what (ail he had received% A) )/e )#  o! the stac# was a reen-colored (a a'ine% &e discovered it was not addressed to hi( but to so(eone down the street - (isdelivered% 'e a( )/e )i)6e + 0he Ce$ort o! the aris Missionary Dociety and $ic#ed it u$% .) 3e66 #en )#  an article which said+ 0he needs o! the /on o Mission by l!redoe ner%0 'e !ead  the Brst sentence o! the re$ort+ 0s 8 sit here in the /on o writin (y re$ort to the Missionary Dociety about the needs o! the /on o (ission+ it is (y $rayer these words shall catch the eye o! so(eone on who( the eye o! God is already restin + and+ readin o! our needs+ one will answer and say+ ?8?( co(in to hel$ you%??0 'e !ead #n + Bnished the article+ closed the boo#let and said+ 0My search is ended%0 T/i an /ad  achieved this reatness+ but so(ethin was lac#in in his li!e% 'e (a  searchin and e($ty% A3)e! !eading  the article he said+ 0his isit%0 'e !eigned  his church+ le!t all+ went to (edical school and then buried hi(sel! in the heart o! the /on o at a(barene !or the rest o! his li!e% &is na(e+ lbert Dchweit'er+ one o! the reat (issionaries o! this century% ? ro( Falnut Dtreet a$tist /hurch+ he ul$it+ olu(e ,4+ o% 11+ March 15+ 133, @ % A6e!) S%/(ei)e!: T/e ie #3 a&ing a 6i3e )/a) %#n) %an /e6 #)/e!A6e!) S%/(ei)e! &ne(  that any activity or business+ however res$ectableor well-$ayin + was a sad (ista#e !or the real wor# and $lace o! service God had called !or us to en a e in% #!e i #!)an)  than earnin a livin !or hi(was the issue o! (a#in a li!e that counts% On6- #d  can do that% 2$ T/i !a-e! !e ind  )/a) )/e 3##d e) #n #! )a6e (/en (e g# /# e )#da- 3!# %/!%/ i 3!# #dWe /#6d n#) 3#!ge) (#!d  that be in with the letter 0s0: the sun+ the soil+ the seed+ the showers+ and the stoc#$erson who loads the su$er(ar#et shelves% T/e L#!d P!a-e! a-: We a!e n#) )# 3#!ge) )/a) i) i #d (/# 3eed (i)/ 3##d %ien) 3#! #d- and #6Re*$ D!$ Ca e66 #!gan  $ut it this way: 0Hou have heard the old story o! the (an who (et a boy in a villa e street carryin a loa! o! bread% &e 3  sto$$ed the boy and as#ed hi( where he ot the loa!% ?ro( the ba#er?? was the re$ly% ?Hes+ that is ri ht+ but where did he et itA?? ?&e (ade it+?? said the boy% ?&ow did he (a#e itA?? ?Fith =our%?? ?Fhere did he et his =ourA?? ?&e round the corn%?? ?Fhere did he et his corn !ro(A?? ?&e ot it !ro( the !ar(er%?? ?Hes+ but where did the !ar(er et his cornA?? ?>h+ !ro( God+?? said the boy% ?hen you ot your loa! !ro( God@?0 We a!e n#)  to !or et that it is God who !eeds us with !ood suIcient !or body and soul% +Ba%& #3 )/e 6#a3 i )/e n#(- #!,And a%& #3 )/e #! )/e i66And a%& #3 )/e i66 i )/e (/ea), and )/e /#(e!,And )/e n, and )/e Fa)/e! (i66$+ Jro( G% /a($bell Mor an+ &E C/8/E > CHEC+ Grand Ca$ids+ M8: a#er oo# &ouse+ $$% 3,-3)%K $ T/i !a-e! ea& #3 )!)ing #d 3#! a66 )/e need 3#! 6i3e  >#!ne-T/e (#!d  0daily0 accordin to Littel?s .ictionary o! the ible is !ound only in this $lace o! all the word o! God% . )/in& i) %#6d e in)e!!e)ed  this way: 0ord+ ive (e what 8 need !or the day co(in on%0 T/a) )!)ing #d  to $rovide what you need+ one day at a ti(e%  ;#/n We6e- )!)ed #d ea%/ da- 3#! )/e +%!)+ ;#/n We6e- + the s$iritual !ounder o! the nited Methodist /hurch+ was as#ed by one o! the ladies in his (ove(ent+ 0Ceverend Fesley+ i! you were to die toni ht+ tell (e what you would do today%0 'e aid + 08?ll tell you exactly what 8 would do% t !our o?cloc# this a!ternoon+ 8 would sit down to tea% t six+ 8 would o to see Mrs% rown at the hos$ital% t seven-thirty+ 8?d co(e bac# to the church !or the $rayer hour% t nine-ten+ 8 would sit down to (y evenin (eal% 8 would o to bed at ten o?cloc# and wa#e u$ in lory@0  ohn Fesley trusted God each day !or the 0crust%0 W/en (e a%&n#(6edge #! deenden%e #n #d 3#! )/e ai% !ead #3 6i3e,(/en (e di%#*e! )/e i!a%6e #3 gene!#i)-, )/e gi3) #3 !ea&ing !ead (i)/ #)/e!, (e )##, 6i&e )/e .!ae6i)e in )/e dee!), di%#*e! anna in andan%e, #!e )/an en#g/ % P!a-e!O L#!d, a (e ni)e (i)/ )/e (#!6d #n )/i W#!6d F##d Snda-:   gi*e  )/i da- #! daily annaGn#) ne%ea!i6- a66 )/e 6H!ie #3 6i3e, ) ai% )enan%e, a (e a%&n#(6edge #! deenden%e #n -#$$$>) en#g/ 4
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