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The ongoing saga of a Continuing Anglican church home, as seen by a member of the laity.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Dinner with Tent City IV

Several years ago our parish became involved in reaching out to the residents of Tent City IV, an encampment for people who are temporarily homeless. The city moves quarterly to different locations around King County, usually a church with a large enough parking lot that will accommodate the platforms and tents. The community provides a meal each evening for the residents. Local groups and faith communities share in the ministry. It was our turn last night and the experience from this guest blogger's point of view was amazing. But more on that later.

Last Sunday, an older Asian gentleman visited our service. What was remarkable about him was the glow on his face as he stood worshiping. I saw it as I returned from the communion rail. I assumed that he was an acquaintance of our organist, but later learned that he had heard of our church through Tent City IV. (Our youth group and supporters had previously prepared and brought dinner in August.) The visitor came down for coffee hour after Mass and spent time conversing with several of our parishioners. When I approached him his face was still glowing as he expressed his gratitude for our ministry at Tent City IV. It reminded me of the time when Jesus healed the ten lepers and one returned to give thanks.

Last night at Tent City IV I saw his face again and the glow was still there. He came through the line to receive supper and the smile he gave just warmed my heart. It is said that one can never out give God - that is true. Last night I learned that in giving one often receives a great deal more in return.


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