Feed the Children

Theme: World hunger; Sharing with others; Proper 16 (21) Yr. C
Object: A loaf of bread, a jar of peanut butter, and a jar of jelly
Scripture: And if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. Isaiah 58:10

How many of you enjoy peanut butter and jelly sandwiches? I think children all over the world enjoy peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches have always been one of my favorite things to eat. Did you know that there are children all over the world that would love to have as much as one peanut butter and jelly sandwich to eat today, but won’t have anything to eat at all? Every day there are children who have nothing to eat and many of them die.

I did a little shopping yesterday and I found out that a jar of peanut butter sells for about two dollars. I found out that loaf of bread sells for about $1.50. A jar of jelly also sells for about $1.50. If you add all of that up, it is five dollars. There is enough bread in this loaf to make about ten peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with peanut butter and jelly left over. So for about five dollars, we could make enough peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to feed ten hungry children.

Look at all of the people here this morning. There are about four hundred people in this room. If each person would donate five dollars to fight world hunger, we could feed four thousand hungry children. Oh, I know there are a lot of children here this morning that don’t have five dollars, but there are a lot of people here this morning who could give a lot more. Just think of how many children we could feed!

Dear Father, you have given us so much, help us to love, as you have loved, and share what you have given us with others. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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