Worship service – May 7, 2023 – “Hunger in the US”

Have you ever been hungry? Not just “I haven’t eaten in 2 hours,” but “I haven’t eaten in a day.” While a large proportion of US food is grown in California, almost 10% of Californians are food-insecure. In 2019, almost 15 million tons of surplus food went to waste. Today, Pastor Linda and Susan A. describe how we are working with Bread for the World to advocate for farm policies that promote a more equitable food system in California and the US. This is one way to turn faith into action.

Today’s service includes Holy Communion.

Our services are being held with in-person attendance at 10 a.m. Sunday morning.  Today’s service is provided below in its entirety in video format.  Note that closed captioning is available when “CC” appears in white at the bottom of the video panel. Click the CC to see the text; as it is done with an automated service, there may be errors in transcription.

Our Scripture Reading is James 2:14-17. Even though many of us do not read the book of James on a regular basis, the passage in today’s reading may be familiar. Verse 17, which says “faith apart from works is dead,” makes good common sense. James was addressing a contradictory notion in the early church, that faith was just belief in doctrines such as who God was. This followed Paul’s teachings, that faith was a deep relationship of trust in Christ and receiving God’s grace. James affirmed that belief becomes faith only when it produces action.

Rev. Dr. Linda Holbrook
Rev. Dr. Linda Holbrook

The message today from Pastor Linda and Susan Armstrong is “Hunger in the US.”  Susan described how she has supported Bread for the World for many years, as a way to live her faith, and to help address hunger in the US as well as around the world.  Today, after the service, we participated in an Offering of Letters, writing letters and sending emails to urge US decision-makers to support the upcoming Farm Bill.  Get more info here.

During today’s message, we viewed a 2-minute video from Bread for the World describing why we are supporting the Offering of Letters.

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Click image to view video

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  • “Gather Us In” words and music by Marty Haugen. © 1982 GIA Publications, Inc.
  • “Together We Serve” words and music by Daniel Charles Damon.  © 1998 Hope Publishing Company.  CCLI song #3379644, CCLI License #2718708.
  • “This is the Day” words from Psalm 118:24, adapt. By Les Garrett; music by Les Garrett.  © 1967, 1980 Universal Music – Brentwood Benson Publishing (Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.).   CCLI song #32754, CCLI License #2718708.
  • “Lord, Whose Love Through Humble Service” words by Albert F. Bayly, music attr. to B.F. White, harm. by Ronald A. Nelson. Words © 1961 Oxford University Press, harm. © 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship. CCLI song #1730488, CCLI License #2718708.
  • “Come Share the Lord” words and music by Bryan Jeffery Leech.  © 1984, 1987 Fred Bock Music Company. CCLI song #106408, CCLI License #2718708.
  • “Give Thanks” words and music by Henry Smith.  © 1978 Integrity’s Hosanna! Music (Admin. by Integrity Music). CCLI song #20285, CCLI License #2718708.
  • “Shalom to You” words by  Elise S. Eslinger; music anon., harm. by Carlton R. Young. © 1983 The United Methodist Publishing House (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.). CCLI song #114122, CCLI License #2718708.
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