Count Your Blessings, Give Thanks, Share Them Generously (Mark 8:1-10 & Global Sponsorship Sunday)



On Global Sponsorship Sunday we celebrated the fundraising joy of the Global 6K for Water (Saturday, May 6th), where more 27,000 people at 800+ host sites around the water collectively raised than $1.7M was raised for clean water and sanitation in communities in Africa, India, and Haiti. That means more than 34,000 people will receive clean water in their communities!

Our team Renew for Water raised more than $26K, and with a matching donation from Renewal by Anderson NW, for a grand total of $38K+, together provided lasting clean water for at least 773 children in communities in Africa and India!

Team Renew for Water before Saturday’s 6K for Water

We all wore our bibs to the local 6K for Water, and many chose to sponsor that child moving forward. (p.s., what does clean water do?)

This Sunday’s emphasis was on how an ongoing partnership is part of fulfilling Jesus’ command to make disciples, and furthermore, we need this just as much as the recipients do.

Note: the audio recording was compromised, so we pick it up mid-talk as Anna Hunter shares about what sponsorship means when we walk alongside the Ddembe family, followed by Kurt Rahn, Director of Church Activation with World Vision, and then a brief Gospel mediation by pastor Jeff Patterson on Mark 8:1-10: Count Your Blessings, Give Thanks, Share Them Generously. 

Kurt Rahn of World Vision thanks the Renew Church family for our collective efforts with the 6K for Water and shares about the impact and opportunity for disciple-making through child sponsorship

Gospel of Mark

Message title: Count Your Blessings, Give Thanks, Share Them Generously (Mark 8:1-10)
Twenty-fourth week in the Gospel of Mark
Scriptures: Mark 8:1-10
Speakers: Jeff Patterson, along with Kurt Rahn of World Vision, after Anna Hunter
Date: 5/7/17

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Scripture readings:

Psalm 107:1-9 (ESV)

Let the Redeemed of the Lord Say So

107 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
    for his steadfast love endures forever!
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,
    whom he has redeemed from trouble[a]
and gathered in from the lands,
    from the east and from the west,
    from the north and from the south.

Some wandered in desert wastes,
    finding no way to a city to dwell in;
hungry and thirsty,
    their soul fainted within them.
Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
    and he delivered them from their distress.
He led them by a straight way
    till they reached a city to dwell in.
Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
    for his wondrous works to the children of man!
For he satisfies the longing soul,
    and the hungry soul he fills with good things.

  1. Psalm 107:2 Or from the hand of the foe

Mark 8:1-10 (ESV):

Jesus Feeds the Four Thousand

In those days, when again a great crowd had gathered, and they had nothing to eat, he called his disciples to him and said to them, “I have compassion on the crowd, because they have been with me now three days and have nothing to eat.And if I send them away hungry to their homes, they will faint on the way. And some of them have come from far away.” And his disciples answered him, “How can one feed these people with bread here in this desolate place?” And he asked them, “How many loaves do you have?” They said, “Seven.” And he directed the crowd to sit down on the ground. And he took the seven loaves, and having given thanks, he broke them and gave them to his disciples to set before the people; and they set them before the crowd. And they had a few small fish. And having blessed them, he said that these also should be set before them. And they ate and were satisfied. And they took up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full. And there were about four thousand people. And he sent them away. 10 And immediately he got into the boat with his disciples and went to the district of Dalmanutha.[a]

  1. Mark 8:10 Some manuscripts Magadan, or Magdala

Audio for this teaching may be played above, and is included in the RENEW Church podcastsubscribe in iTunes here, or access the church podcast feed directly here.

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