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What Are We Hungry For

What Are We Hungry For?  

breaking breadWelcome to church today! We hope you find us a welcoming place where Christ’s love can be clearly seen through word and action.

Our readings this week centre on the themes of miracles, extravagant generosity (and lack of it), and the forgiveness and saving grace of God that follows true repentance.

The crowds who followed Jesus were hungry – but for what? What are the crowds seeking today? What is the difference between abundance and excess? How do we confront corruption and abuse of power?

These readings also have something to teach us about fear, which underlies greed and scarcity thinking. Fear says that there is never enough, and certainly not enough for everyone.

Fear causes us to feel like we’re sinking – in debt, in despair, in depression and addiction and loss. Fear makes us grasp the wrong things to protect or save us, to pull us out of stormy seas.

Fear causes us to mistrust others and even to not recognise the hand of God that stretches out to us in times of trouble.

God’s grace is clearly seen in the life of David as the king who lost his way only to rediscover the freedom of God’s forgiveness that follows true repentance.

The story of Bathsheba and David and Nathan stands as a wonderful example of the consequences of sin and the restoration that is possible for those who truly seek the Father’s heart.

David’s prayer of repentance in Psalm 51 is one of the great prayers of the Bible. It reveals David as a man after God’s own heart.

We can likewise hold that same title; we can be men and women after God’s own heart. Repentance is the narrow gate by which we enter. Come, enter in.

Lismore Anglican Parish Bulletin Insert

Sunday 29th July 2012  7.30am Lismore, 9.30am Dunoon

What Are We Hungry For?  2Sam 11:1-15, Jn 6:1-21, Ps 51

Samuel 11.1-15   David Commits Adultery with Bathsheba

1In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Joab with his officers and all Israel with him; they ravaged the Ammonites, and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem.

2 It happened, late one afternoon, when David rose from his couch and was walking about on the roof of the king’s house, that he saw from the roof a woman bathing; the woman was very beautiful. 3David sent someone to inquire about the woman. It was reported, ‘This is Bathsheba daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite.’ 4So David sent messengers to fetch her, and she came to him, and he lay with her. (Now she was purifying herself after her period.) Then she returned to her house. 5The woman conceived; and she sent and told David, ‘I am pregnant.’

6 So David sent word to Joab, ‘Send me Uriah the Hittite.’ And Joab sent Uriah to David. 7When Uriah came to him, David asked how Joab and the people fared, and how the war was going. 8Then David said to Uriah, ‘Go down to your house, and wash your feet.’ Uriah went out of the king’s house, and there followed him a present from the king. 9But Uriah slept at the entrance of the king’s house with all the servants of his lord, and did not go down to his house.

10When they told David, ‘Uriah did not go down to his house’, David said to Uriah, ‘You have just come from a journey. Why did you not go down to your house?’ 11Uriah said to David, ‘The ark and Israel and Judah remain in booths; and my lord Joab and the servants of my lord are camping in the open field; shall I then go to my house, to eat and to drink, and to lie with my wife? As you live, and as your soul lives, I will not do such a thing.’ 12Then David said to Uriah, ‘Remain here today also, and tomorrow I will send you back.’ So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day. On the next day, 13David invited him to eat and drink in his presence and made him drunk; and in the evening he went out to lie on his couch with the servants of his lord, but he did not go down to his house.

David Has Uriah Killed

14 In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah. 15In the letter he wrote, ‘Set Uriah in the forefront of the hardest fighting, and then draw back from him, so that he may be struck down and die.’