Listening and Responding
Sunday, August 19 – 10:00am
As the exploration of the Next Level for the ministries of St. Mark’s continues, I welcome this Sunday Ms. Marsh Spell, the Executive Director of Family Promise, Sacramento. Ministries with people who have no home of their own has been a central reality of St. Mark’s for decades. How will these ministries evolve in the future church? How can the wider community be invited to take responsibility for very low income people? How can the ministries of the church be designed to bring an end to homelessness in this community? How can Sacramento evolve to become a community where every child has the promise of a secure home with parents who have all the resources needed for healthy family life? The prophet Isaiah provides some hints:
Isaiah 58:6-10 Common English Bible (CEB)
Isn’t this the fast I choose:
releasing wicked restraints, untying the ropes of a yoke,
setting free the mistreated,
and breaking every yoke?
Isn’t it sharing your bread with the hungry
and bringing the homeless poor into your house,
covering the naked when you see them,
and not hiding from your own family?
Then your light will break out like the dawn,
and you will be healed quickly.
Your own righteousness will walk before you,
and the Lord’s glory will be your rear guard.
Then you will call, and the Lord will answer;
you will cry for help, and God will say, “I’m here.”
If you remove the yoke from among you,
the finger-pointing, the wicked speech;
if you open your heart to the hungry,
and provide abundantly for those who are afflicted,
your light will shine in the darkness,
and your gloom will be like the noon.
Isaiah singles out the mistreated… the hungry… the homeless poor, and those who are afflicted; how does the future church need to engage in ministry alongside people who suffer in these ways? How do you see your own ministry to poor and hungry people evolving int he years ahead?
Prayers please for:
Peggy & Paul Blankenship
Patti & Gary Evans
Pat & Gordon Close
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