- Written by Tom Miles Tom Miles
- Created: 17 August 2012 17 August 2012
This wonderful quote is from an article on the Food Pantry at Saint Gregory's of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco:
The pantry did not become a “service project” of the church. It’s simply church: a liturgy of acts, modeled directly on the liturgy of the Word. It’s as necessary and as intimate as breaking bread together: daily bread, the bread of Heaven, and the bread that we become. We are bringing each other into communion.Sara Miles
"Liturgy" means "work of the people". It's a powerful word for the church, and, as Ms. Miles points out, extends well beyond our Sunday morning worship. She continues, "I often thank God for letting me feed others, as I have been fed, and for allowing me to give, knowing that at other times I have been, and will be, only able to receive."
“Hesed” is a Hebrew word that means “kindness”, “mercy”, “loyalty”, “loving-kindness” or “steadfastness.” It’s the way God intends us to live together—a “love your neighbor as yourself”, active, selfless, sacrificial, caring-for-one-another brand of living contradictory to our fallen natures. The “Heseders” are continually looking to work together to share some small measure of God’s extraordinary love. Won’t you join us?