Luke 9:10-17 contains an account of one of Jesus’ most famous and astounding miracles. It is a miracle of creative power viewed in a vast public display. It served as the climactic moment in Jesus’ Galilean ministry and set the stage for a probing question he posed to his disciples, “Who do you say that I am?”
We answer Jesus question in our hymns: Jesus is the Christ, God’s promised King.
PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP
Call to Worship: Psalm 100
Hymn: Psalm 100
Notes: Psalm 100 calls God’s people to worship our Maker with joy and thanksgiving. It is especially appropriate for a service in which the sermon text identifies Jesus with the God of Creation.
Hymn 51 Jesus Shall Reign
Notes: The hope of God’s people is anchored to God’s promised King. One day Jesus’ kingdom will “stretch from shore to shore.” In anticipation of his return, Isaac Watts summons us to praise, “Let every creature rise and bring honor and glory to our King.”
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 55:1-13
Note: Isaiah’s prophecy anticipated the reign of God’s promised King. He compares the message of salvation with rich, satisfying food, offered to all without cost.
Hymn 150 ‘Tis the Christ
Note: Thomas Kelly’s serious but joy-filled hymn reminds us of the identity of God’s promised King. He is David’s Son, yet David’s Lord, the Lord’s Anointed. At his first coming, he paid our debt of sin that we might enter his Kingdom: “See him dying on the tree! ‘Tis the Christ by man rejected; yes, my soul, ‘tis he, ‘tis he!”
Message: Fish, Barley Bread, and the Promises of God
Pastor Steven Thomas
Hymn 42 Praise Ye the Lord!
Notes: The Lord we serve is the “King of creation.” Nothing lies outside his rule. We respond, “O let all that is in me adore Him!” We call to each other, “Praise Him in glad adoration.”
Prayer Response: Mark Buhr
Benediction: John Miles