Sermon for 07 March 2021

Give us this Day our Daily Bread

We are at the third phrase in the Lord’s Prayer. I don’t have to remind you of the first two because you can just look them up on Youtube. It is becoming one of the problems of this recorded sermon style. You can just look up what I have said previously and see if I still have the same opinion but also it is far more difficult to use the same jokes. So
I’ll skip the joke this time.

The third phrase of this prayer is: Give us this Day our Daily bread.
We say it without thinking it through. Are you really willing to live day to day? Are you willing to live one day at a time?

There is a well-known song called “One day at a Time”. written by Marijohn Wilkin and Kris Kristofferson in 1974, and performed by many since. It is about coping with life and that is great advice. The Eagles also have a song by the same name and it also is about coping with life and alcohol. There is a TV sitcom by the same name as well, but as much as we are familiar with the phrase – how far are we willing to go and what forces are against us if we try to live one day at a time?

I put together this reading or loose style poem. Listen and consider:

Moses said “Give us this day our daily bread (or manna).”
The Israelites said, “Wait God – what if we are scared that there isn’t any
more manna in this wilderness and we might need more?
And God said “I will give you this day your daily bread”
And the Israelites learned to gather only what they needed.

And we say “Give us this day our daily bread”
But the bankers say: Wait! What about your savings account? You work
hard and you make extra money and you put it away in our accounts. Then on a day when things go wrong you can get most of that money back so you will live.”
And God said “I will give you this day your daily bread”
And we learn that if someone doesn’t have enough money, we share
with them.

And we say: “Give us this day our daily bread”
And the insurance company says: “Wait, you need a policy that will be
in place if anything goes wrong. How will you rebuild your house or repair your car? You need to be prepared for the future”.
And God said “I will give you this day your daily bread”
And we learn – that if someone’s house burns down, we all come
together and rebuild it.

And we say “Give us this day our daily bread”
And our grandparents say: “We lived through the depression. Hang on to
that stuff. Don’t throw anything away even if you can’t use it.”
And God said “I will give you this day your daily bread”
And we learn that there is enough stuff to share with others. Throwing it
away and giving it to others are two different things.

And we say “Give us this day our daily bread”
And the modern consumer market says. “Wait, You need more things. You need 50 pairs of shoes and you need 14 coats. You need a house with 24 rooms. You need a stable of cars and …..a motorcycle.”
And God said “I will give you this day your daily bread”
And we learn that a lot of dust collects on the objects we haven’t used.

And we say “Give us this day our daily bread”
And the Military says: “Wait: We need to stockpile weapons and
implements of destruction, in case something goes wrong in the future”.
And God said “I will give you this day your daily bread”
And we learn that borders are not part of nature. When the world was
created there were no countries.

And we say” Give us this day our daily bread”
And the church says “Wait; what about the afterlife? Aren’t you afraid
of what is coming? What about the apocalypse? Prepare to meet your God”. But Jesus says “let today’s own worries be enough for today”.
And God said “I will give you this day your daily bread”
And we learn that one act of love – today, is what we need to do.

And we say “Give us this day our daily bread”
But the security company says; “Wait you need to protect all that stuff
you have collected. You need fences and cameras and watchers”. But Jesus says: “It’s ok to give away your coat and your cloak”
And God says “I will give you this day your daily bread”
And we learn that our value is not in our possessions.

And we say “Give us this day our daily bread”
And the social media says; “Wait; If you are going to move into the
future, you need the latest technology that is out of date by the time you get it home.”
And God says;” I will give you this day your daily bread”.
And we learn that the most powerful moment is when we are face to
face.

And we learn that the most powerful thing is love
– and you can’t plan for that!

I know that we need to make some plans for the future.
I know that we need to be aware of possibilities.
I also know that too many people die with huge bank accounts.
They die with properties they can’t manage
They die with far more possessions that they can ever need.
They die with enough fear to stop their living

The philosopher Seneca says The mind that is anxious about future
events is miserable”

If we had a little more faith in humankind and God, and in the future we
might be more willing to share.
Give us this day our daily bread
This is something for us to consider in the society in which we live.
This is a sentence about faith.
This is a sentence about risk taking.
When you say “Give us this day our daily bread”
How much do you mean it?

PRAYER God, Sometimes when we pray for our daily bread, we really want more. Open our eyes so that we may see the completeness of your creation. Help us to understand that you have given us all we need. Help us to allow others to have all they need. Give us the self-assurance to know that we are more important than the things we possess. Give us the perception to see past the physical accumulations to the spiritual immensity that you share with us. Help us to have faith.
We now pray in silence for those in special need

Now we pray in the way Jesus taught us.
Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed by thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. lead us not into temptation. but deliver us from evil. for thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory. forever and ever Amen

SERVICE March 7, 2021
Announcements
-One year anniversary of last in-person service
-Bible study on Zoom
-Etransfer info at bottom of page
-Thanks to helpers: Cathy, Hugh, Marion

Opening Prayer
Hymn 226 For the Beauty of the Earth.
Scripture John 2: 13 – 22
Reflection
Lord’s Prayer – sung
Prayer
Hymn 427 To Show by Touch and Word
Benediction

Go now in Peace
Go now in peace, Never be afraid
God will go with you, each hour of every day
Go now in faith, steadfast strong and true
Know God will guide you in all you do,
Go now in love and show you believe
Reach out to others so all the world can see
God will be there, watching from above
Go now in peace, in faith and in love
Amen, Amen, Amen

Info about contributing

The traditional way is to send a cheque via mail to one of the treasurers.
Make the cheque out to:
Churchill United Church
send to Agnes Cole at 226 Valleyview Dr. Churchill, Ont L0L1K0
or Gilford United Church
send to Doris Coborn at 1468 Gilford Rd, Gilford. L0L1R0

An Alternative (and better) way is Etransfer
(This method is faster, cheaper and cleaner. If you don’t know how to do it, the bank or some young kid has instructions)

Send the Etransfer to
churchillchurch2020@gmail.com
The security question is – What is the name of your church
Answer – Churchill

or panddcoborn@gmail.com
No security question
Another option is contact us and we will pick it up from your porch. Thanks