This Sunday’s Gospel reading from the Lectionary was Matthew 14:13-21. This is commonly called the Feeding of the Five Thousand. My sermon from this morning is entitled Five Thousand Feasted*.
The asterisk is important because it serves as a reminder that story tells us that there were Five Thousand men, along with women and children. I think this is an important aspect of the story, which I bring attention to in the sermon.
Five Thousand Feasted*: Sermon for the Eighth Sunday After Pentecost. (RCL)
A little note on the books that I reference in the sermon. The book by Rev. Dr. Cathy Campbell is called Stations of the Banquet
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Rev Campbell is a colleague of mine who is priest at St. Matthew’s Maryland, just up the street from where I live in Winnipeg’s West End. I highly recommend this book as a creative investigation of issues of food justice, food security and communal food sharing.
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Take this Bread, written by Sara Miles details her spiritual journey and the role that food played in her return to the life of the church. This is another book I highly recommend.
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Writing in the Kitchen is a book that I have been reading for a review for the internet site NetGalley. This is not a book of theology, but it does reflect at points, on the role that the church, and church leaders played in the cultural development of the Southern U.S. In particular how food was used to define race, class, and proper behaviour. Finally, a word on the Bell Tower Community Cafe. The Bell Tower Community Cafe is a food bank run out of Westminster United Church. More than just a food Bank, the Cafe is an opportunity for members of the community to come together. I think the Cafe is doing a good job of living out the idea of feasting. If you are in the neighbourhood some Friday when it’s being held, take the time to drop in.