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2. SUNDAY – Celebrate with us
This week is National Homelessness Week (3 – 8 August).
 
We give thanks for partners like the Café Outside the Square and Shōbōsho restaurant, who cooked delicious meals for people experiencing homelessness, when our WestCare volunteers had to stand down.

 

They enabled the Centre to continue to provide a meals service to people in Adelaide doing it tough, many of whom are experiencing homelessness. Their efforts have truly brought light in the darkness of the Covid-19 pandemic!

 

 

 

 

 

Helping feed Adelaide’s homeless.

 

 

After Adelaide restaurant Shōbōsho was forced to close due to coronavirus restrictions, chef Adam Liston and his team put a generous call out to help those most vulnerable in the community. Every day since the start of April, ingredients from the WestCare kitchen are delivered to the restaurant and Adam applies his culinary skills. Providing more than 150 takeaway meals each day, this has enabled Baptist Care SA to continue to provide basic necessities to our clients, and also to the residents of our Homeless Respite Centre, with any spares being frozen for Emergency Relief.

 

 

Local ‘Café outside the Square’ (Whitmore Square) has also been cooking batches of soup for our clients a couple of times a week. We have received positive feedback from clients who say they are enjoying the interesting variety. It’s wonderful to see such kindness, compassion and generosity of spirit.

 

 

WEEK ONE – Sunday 2 August 2020

 

This week’s video is around our partnership with Adelaide restaurant ‘Shoboshu’. The video reflects that, while for most of us 2020 has not been what we had anticipated, fortunately our God was not taken by surprise by COVID-19, rather, He is always at work bringing the Light into darkness in highly creative and unexpected ways. 

 

 

Prayer:

Lord God,

We thank you that you are not a God who is taken by surprise. We thank you that even in distressing circumstances, when what we hold to is taken away, that we can always follow your Spirit’s leading to consider what is within our control and how we can use it to serve others.

Lord Bless each and every person, organisation, company and family who, when faced with the uncertainty, change and challenge of recent months, chose to trust in you and to look out for others. Thank you for the acts of care, kindness and generosity to neighbours friends and strangers – for acts big and small.

Thank you for reminding us that we all have a part to play.

Thank you for reminding us that we belong to each other.

May we always remember that, like Abraham and all the people of God through every generation, we are blessed to be a blessing. May the world be blessed through our obedient love in action and may our actions bring your light to the darkness in the world.

Amen

 

 

Proposed Bible reading:

Hebrews 13:1-3 “Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters.  Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.  Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those mistreated as if you yourself were suffering.”

 

 

Questions for reflection:
  • Where do we see the Kingdom of God at work in the story?
  • What inspired you in the story?
  • What challenges us?
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