31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, 33 and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. 34 Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; 35 for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? 38 And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? 39 And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ 40 And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family,[g] you did it to me.’
In chapter 25 of Matthew’s gospel, Jesus gives the church a part of our mission statement as He tells the parable of the sheep and the goats. “I was hungry”, the Lord says in this passage, “and you gave me something to eat.”
Those instructions from our Lord to His disciples form the basis for our church’s Feeding the Hungry Ministry. Every Saturday since 2004, a hot meal has been served at our Saturday Soup Kitchen to all in our area who come to join us at our church’s Recreation and Community Service Building at 737 Sixth Street, NW. During the pandemic, we have offered our meals as a grad and go.
Individuals and groups are invited to volunteer to prepare and serve the Saturday Soup Kitchen Meal. Cooking starts at 2 pm on Saturday. Serving time is 4 pm, and clean-up is finished by 5:30 pm.
If you want to spend part of this new year feeding the hungry, contact the church (863-294-3121) to sign up.
God, if I were to see You hungry today, I would do anything in my power to feed You. Let me act with that same devotion as I feed Your children in our area today or some Saturday soon. Amen.