This Week's Message

Pessimist or Optimist; half full or half empty; looking forward to the future or waiting for the other shoe to drop? 
Sometimes we need to step back from our situation and take a hard look at where we are and where we are going. If we look at every seeming setback we can fall into a trap of not seeing the possibilities and missing the blessings God has in store for us.
This Sunday, we will look at the story of how Jacob came to be called Israel. If you are not familiar with the story it is found in Genesis 32:22-31. If you take the time to look it up, read the stories that lead up to this incident and read what happens next. In our gospel reading, we will see how Jesus transformed an impossible situation into a blessing. This story is found in Matthew 14:13-21.


Our sermon topic is “Finding Blessings in Our Adversity.” I hope you can join us either in person at 9:00 or 10:30 AM or via the internet at or Facebook live at the same time. If you are not able to join us then, remember the services are posted for later viewing shortly after their conclusion.

This Week's Scripture Readings

Genesis 32:22-31 (NRSV)







22 The same night he got up and took his two wives, his two maids, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. 23 He took them and sent them across the stream, and likewise everything that he had. 24 Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. 25 When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he struck him on the hip socket; and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. 26 Then he said, “Let me go, for the day is breaking.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go, unless you bless me.” 27 So he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.” 28 Then the man said, “You shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with humans, and have prevailed.” 29 Then Jacob asked him, “Please tell me your name.” But he said, “Why is it that you ask my name?” And there he blessed him. 30 So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life is preserved.” 31 The sun rose upon him as he passed Penuel, limping because of his hip. 32 Therefore to this day the Israelites do not eat the thigh muscle that is on the hip socket, because he struck Jacob on the hip socket at the thigh muscle.

Matthew 14:13-21 (NRSV)






13 Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. 15 When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” 16 Jesus said to them, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” 17 They replied, “We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.” 18 And he said, “Bring them here to me.” 19 Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20 And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. 21 And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.  

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