Although faith-based, most pantries and meals are transactional. We can improve them by creating ways for them to become relational. Transactional ministry involves an exchange: People with little money are pressured to “earn” access to direct service from church volunteers through correct (generally submissive) behavior and a good story as to how they got into their situation. Relational ministry gets beyond the “good story” to find the real story about what is happening in people’s lives and in their faith. It aims to build relationships. Those relationships create church.
—Elizabeth Mae Magill, Five Loaves, Two Fish, Twelve Volunteers: Growing a Relational Food Ministry (Upper Room Books, 2020)
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Love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor.
—Romans 12:10 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Help me see Jesus in those around me. Help me see that Jesus is present among all people, including those who lack food, drink, and clothing and those who are strangers, sick, and imprisoned.
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Trinity Sunday (May 30)
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