One of the joys of a preacher on sabbatical is worshiping in other churches. I have had a blast selecting other places to worship and hearing others preach and sing and seeing how others set up the bulletin or their worship space. It has been a blessing to me and my spirit.
Today I went to the St. Luke’s UMC in Falls Church, Va to visit with a friend of mine at her new church. They are caring for creation by growing it and serving it up to another part of creation (yes people are a part of creation too). They have taken some of their church property and set it aside to grow vegetables for a community group called SHARE. Every week volunteers from the church help with ‘garden duty’: weeding, watering, harvesting, and delivering. Today the children were out in the garden. How wonderful for them to get their hands dirty and to help feed hungry people; something Jesus did all the time. If you want to see pictures of their garden: http://www.facebook.com/pages/St-Lukes-United-Methodist-Church/182138865154131
Matthew 14:13-21 (Mark 6:30-44 and Luke 9:10-17 and John 6:1-13)
“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. When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. 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.” Jesus said to them, “they need not go away; you give them something to eat.” They replied, “We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.” And he said, “Bring them here to me.” Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and 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. And all ate and were filled, and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.”
So a Hallelujah, Praise the Lord for all the good folks there and their ministry to feed the hungry.