Pentecost 9 Preview

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In today’s first reading God invites all who are hungry or thirsty to receive food and drink without cost. Jesus feeds the hungry multitude and reveals the abundance of God. At the eucharistic table we remember all who are hungry or poor in our world today. As we share the bread of life, we are sent forth to give ourselves away as bread for the hungry.


Isaiah 55:1-5
Eat and drink that which truly satisfies

Psalm 145:8-9,14-21
You open wide your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing

Romans 9:1-5
The glory of God’s people Israel

Matthew 14:13-21
Christ feeding five thousand

Worship Themes and Music

While we might not be able to join in the physical bread and wine of communion, today we are reminded in our readings that God invites us to eat and drink the food that truly satisfies. This could be referencing the actual food we eat, After all, we know that eating healthfully and making good choices about what we put into our bodies makes us feel good about ourselves.

We know that taking care of our bodies with good food keeps them healthy. We also know that feeding our minds, hearts, and spirits produces good results. The Word of God in Jesus Christ is cast here as the only food that can truly satisfy. In fact, this food satisfies so well, that the multitudes are fed on it and every living thing is satisfied from the hand of God. Way better than any “power bar” snack food.

What are some choices you can make in your daily consumption, physical or otherwise, that may cause you to be more satisfied?
How might satisfaction look different these days? Is it possible it looks different than it did 6 months ago?

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Dr. Adam Lefever Hughes

Director of Music

Adam served as Director of Music at St. Peter’s from 2015 to 2022.

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