Come to the Feast
Rally Day 2015 is now in the rear view mirror. It was a day of worship and fellowship, and it succeeded in reinvigorating the church's mission to continue the work of reversing hunger in our community.
Cloaked in one of my favorite NorthPark traditions, we celebrated "Come to the Feast" while bringing forward gifts of fresh fruit and vegetables to share with our neighbors at the Vickery Meadow Food Pantry. As we were fed at the Lord's table, in a literal and concrete way we made known our desire, our calling, to help feed all Christ's sheep.
We come to your feast, we come to your feast:
the young and the old, the frightened, the bold, the greatest and the least.
We come to your feast, we come to your feast,
with the fruit of our lands and the work of our hands, we come to your feast.
We gather ‘round your table, we pause within our quest,
we stand beside our neighbors, we name the stranger “guest.”
The feast is spread before us; you bid us come and dine;
in blessing we’ll uncover, in sharing we’ll discover, your substance and your sign.
Early last week, we heard from volunteers at the food pantry. In record time the hundreds of pounds of produce were distributed to those in need.
"The wonderful produce is all gone! NorthPark supplied 65 families, about 300 people, with fresh fruits and vegetables! Thank you!"
So as we charge one another in worship each Sunday, (Matthew 22:37-39)
Go out into the world in peace.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind;
and love your neighbor as yourself.
And in loving our neighbor, we welcome them to the table. We feed as we are fed. Rally Day is in the rear view mirror. Reversing hunger is on the horizon. We are committed to our goal of bringing Communion to the World.