This story is taken from Pastor Rhonda’s sermon on July 11.
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Barnabas Community, specifically the worshiping community, meets on Thursday nights at 5:40pm. Barnabas was born out of Sheridan in 2007/08 and is now its own 501c3 non-profit. A free store and a gathering place for people to become friends, Barnabas serves meals twice a week and is a host to FoodNet distribution. Barnabas is located in the Belmont neighborhood of Lincoln, one of the city's poorest ZIP Codes. The people we serve are homeless, the working poor and elders on fixed incomes. The majority are resource-stretched for a variety of reasons. At Barnabas, the people we serve are our friends. We work together to be God’s love and grace in our ministry together.
Sheridan friends – you support this ministry through your engagement at Sheridan. Dig deep in your heart and soul as you hear this story. You are responsible for God’s grace.
A few weeks ago a woman who we’d never met before came to worship. She sat down at one of the decorated tables, enjoying the air conditioning on a summer day. She participated in the service, being able to follow along because we have a projector and screen now, just like here at Sheridan. The community prayed, listened to God’s word, and shared Communion together. Even though we are a small bunch, we are diverse – homeless, Spanish speakers, Native American, retired, volunteering to serve at Barnabas – and we are unified in Christ Jesus.
Following the service, this woman was speaking to Dwight Thiemann, our Executive Director at Barnabas. She shared with him that it had been 20 years since she’d had Communion. Think about that – a 20-year absence from experiencing God’s grace at the meal. And then, finally, a harvest! Remember, Sheridan folks, you made this possible through your ministry.
This is an example of the seeds planted that grow and then are harvested. We harvest what we sow. Sometimes our harvest of God’s grace is quick, sometimes it is years in the making. But when harvest comes, it is such a blessing to receive God’s amazing grace and love.