Thursday, July 31, 2014

Serving the Multitude

The Nave of Broad Street Ministry in Philadelphia
(five-star dining for those experiencing homelessness)

Having just recently returned from a week-long mission immersion in Center City Philadelphia, many of our youth are still adjusting to life lived with abundance. Our shared experience at Broad Street Ministry served as an eye-opener to the complex set of realities that impact the lives of many of the unseen, unnoticed, and under-appreciated of our society. We walk by them most of the time, busy with our own agendas and concerns. We are a country preoccupied with self.

Jesus calls us to be mindful of the other. Love your neighbor. Love your enemy. Serve, forgive, give, heal, encourage, clothe, shelter, feed. No mere suggestions, these directives are meant to directly form what we do. We are meant to be instruments of God's peace.

In this Sunday's gospel reading we hear the familiar passage of the multiplication of loaves and fishes and the feeding of the thousands. Take a few minutes are read over this passage (Matthew 14:13-21). How are we like the disciples in this passage? Is there a miracle described here?  If so, what is it? 
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Addy Fry took some time upon her return from Philadelphia to produce the video below. Look, see, share:

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Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
August 3, 2014

Prayer of the Day
Glorious God, your generosity waters the world with goodness, 
and you cover creation with abundance. 
Awaken in us a hunger for the food that satisfies both body and spirit, 
and with his food fill all the starving world, 
through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen

Isaiah 55:1-5
Psalm 145:14-21
Romans 9:1-5
Matthew 14: 13-21


  1. The video was done a professional work. The youth, youth leadership and Pastor Frye are to be commended for their work of kindness and love for everyone.

  2. Wow! I was wondering what the trip was like; Great video!! Radishes and bread / weed pulling / subways/ carpentry / clean-up..etc! Thanks for sharing!