Lift Up Concern for Hungry People with Lenten Table Tents
By Vince Mezzera
The members of West Street Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Tipton, Ind., work to end hunger in a variety of ways: they provide weekend food for 90 elementary schoolchildren, collect donations for two local food pantries, and advocate for the protection of programs vital to hungry people through Bread for the World’s Offering of Letters. Still, even with all of its involvement in feeding hungry people, Minister Linda McKiernan-Allen hopes that the church can further strengthen its efforts.
This year every family in her congregation will receive Bread’s “Lenten Prayers for Hungry People.” For each of the six weeks of Lent this “table tent” highlights scripture readings, offers prayers, and suggests actions for becoming more involved in the fight to end hunger.
Churches can put the table tents to good use in a number of ways. For example, during Bible study and other similar gatherings, groups can read the prayers together as a devotional at the start of their sessions. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Glen Rock, N.J., found the tents to be a good fit with its hunger emphasis for Lent 2013 and decided to order Bread for the World resources for the first time. Pastor Roger Spencer of Good Shepherd hopes the members of his congregation will use the table tents as a daily devotion.
The West Street Christian Church members will use prayer through Bread's table tents as a way to help them boost their Offering of Letters. The church aims to deliver 100 letters to Congress in 2013, up from the 70 sent last year. “We encourage our church families to share in a Lenten table discipline of prayer, and this gives us opportunity to focus that prayer time and reinforce it when we gather for worship on Sunday," says McKiernan-Allen. "We ordered table tents because they are simple, they lift up a particular concern for the hungry, and they help our congregation identify with what it means to be a Bread for the World congregation.”
While Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on Feb. 13, congregations still have time to order and receive their table tents in time for the first week in Lent. Order “Lenten Prayers for Hungry People” at www.bread.org/lent. Find other resources for congregations and individuals at www.bread.org/store.Vince Mezzera is Bread for the World’s Associate Manager for Membership Resources.
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