The image of the wedding banquet found in the Gospel (Matthew 22:1-14) and of the feast on the mountain (Isaiah 25: 6-10) provide both the comforting promise of that which is to come and the challenging reality of making the promise realized in our midst. Blessed Theresa of Calcutta once reflected that those who are hungry often can’t hear the Gospel because their stomachs are speaking louder! Feeding people takes place on many different levels. We pray that we can be a people who nourish the world not only with “bread” but also with the Bread of Life and the Cup of Salvation:
O God, who, being both good and almighty, provides for all creatures, give us we pray, an effective love for our sisters and brothers who suffer hunger, so that famine may be banished and that they may have the strength to serve you with free and untroubled hearts.
We have once again renewed our covenant relationship with the Family Christian Center in our commitment to provide backpacks of food which are distributed to our area schools. The second collection on the second Sunday of each month enables us to fund this great program. As many of you know, I have become very good friends with their pastor, Rick Van Wagner, through this joint venture! His encouraging and positive witness to the faith and his commitment to the wider community has enabled us to do much to alleviate some of the more difficult situations in our city. We are now looking to expand this program into the summer months.
The Fall Festival is rapidly approaching! Soon October 24 and 25 will be upon us with food, fun, games and fellowship! The Youth Group will soon be opening their “Pumpkin Patch” so you know that you will be able to get a great pumpkin at a nice cost and also support the youth ministry programs at the same time! I even hear that there will be a gigantic pumpkin … over 150 pounds … as a part of the auction, too! Many thanks to all those who are planning and for those of you who have already returned the raffle tickets!
May the week ahead be filled with many blessings!