Routines are comforting. They provide a rhythm for our daily lives: breakfast at 7 am, lunch at noon, dinner at 6 pm. They help us mark the days of the week: Pilates class on Tuesday, choir rehearsal on Wednesday, mentoring on Thursday. They can even provide a safe haven from the business of our lives: Sunday afternoon naps, Friday night dinner with friends. Routines are comforting.
Wednesday night dinner at church is on many people’s lists of these routines. We pick up our orange trays and silverware, receive a plate of food lovingly prepared by a cooking team, sit at our regular table in the Fellowship Hall, and share conversation with our church family. This routine defines Wednesday night dinner.
To kick off our World Hunger emphasis, the Missions Committee is requesting for you to break out of your Wednesday night routine. On Wednesday, May 4th, we will host a Hunger Meal. This will not be the usual Wednesday night meal. A Hunger Meal dramatizes how food and other resources are unequally distributed in our world. To do this, participants are divided into groups based on world income levels (15% high, 35% middle and 50% low) and served a meal based on that level. As the meal will be included in the program, we will not begin serving until after 6 p.m. Facilitators will guide discussion and we will learn how the Texas Baptist Offering for World Hunger is feeding and caring for people in need all over the world.
This will not be the usual Wednesday night meal, but it will be a tangible way to remind us that billions of people in our world do not have the comfort of that routine. We hope that you will join us.