This Sunday 9 August, 2020

        Gospel of Matthew 14: verses 13-14

Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

"13 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick."

The SOAP program is as simple as this. You receive a verse of scripture via a text message on your mobile phone.

S stands for scripture

you take the time to read the verse…allowing God to speak to you.

O stands for observation .

What sticks your attention as you read that verse…. what is God actually trying to say to you as an individual/? You may ask the Holy Spirit to teach you, you may paraphrase the verse writing it down in your own words in a journal or just keeping it in your heart.

A stands for Application.

The next step is asking yourself what this actually means to you and how does this verse apply to you right now. Perhaps it is encouragement, instruction, revelation or a new promise for your life or the life of someone close to you. Perhaps it gives guidance and correction in an area of your life that troubles you.

P stands for prayer

Prayer can be as simple as asking God to help you use the scripture in your life, or it may be a greater insight into what He is already revealing to you. Remember prayer is a two way conversation and you must be sure to listen to what God is saying to you. Then perhaps you will have an opportunity to pass that simple scripture txt message onto someone else.

Our SOAP messages are mainly drawn from the Uniting Church Lectionary readings each week

 Last Sunday 2 August, 2020

Psalm 17: 1-3

A prayer of David

Hear me, Lord, my plea is just; listen to my cry.
Hear my prayer—  it does not rise from deceitful lips.
Let my vindication come from you; may your eyes see what is right. Though you probe my heart, though you examine me at night and test me, you will find that I have planned no evil; my mouth has not transgressed" ...

These weekly verses from the bible are collated and sent by a congregation member for the SOAP program – feel free to share them with others!

[To subscribe to SOAP devotional texts or to provide feedback or your personal reflections, email: ]

I pray you will be blessed each week as participate in this personal time of study and reflection until we are able to meet again as a family of believers.

Please if you are troubled or anxious during these difficult times know that you can call Rev Myung Hwa Park 0400191880 at anytime, she is happy to counsel and pray with you by phone.  Blessings,  Maureen.