“Is this not the fast I choose?”
One Great Hour Of Sharing Helps Us Answer God’s Call
The Christian season of Lent is historically marked with fasting, a traditional practice of giving up food and devoting yourself to prayer.
But this isn’t the only type of fasting the Bible talks about. Isaiah 58 describes a new kind of fast, not to give up bread but to share it. Isaiah calls us to “loose the bonds of injustice,” to “let the oppressed go free,” to “share bread with the hungry” and to “invite the homeless poor into our homes.” We are called to offer help to those in need and restoration to those who have been broken down.
With our gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing we join congregations all over the country seeking to answer God’s call and make a difference in the lives of many more people. As we respond through our sharing, Isaiah 58 also provides a promise. As we respond to injustice, feed those who are hungry, and provide places for those without homes, our “light will break forth,” and we shall be called “repairers of the breach, restorers of streets to live in.”
Please give generously to help sustain the important PC(USA) ministries and programs that are supported by One Great Hour of Sharing Offering. Make an offering at your congregation or by making an online gift during Lent or at any time throughout the year. Checks may be sent care of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to P.O. Box 643700; Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700.
Let us Pray: God, your call to us is both great and challenging. May the gifts we share bring justice and help to those in need, and may your light break forth in our lives and in the lives of those served through our shared ministry. Amen.