Pray until all are fed

Prayer expresses faith and hope and moves us to further action.
It reminds us that we are not alone, we depend on God, our earth, and all of humanity to work together to provide daily bread.

As a Christian faith community, will you stand up?

World Food Day events are organized in over 150 countries across the world, promoting awareness and action on hunger and strengthening the link between agriculture and food security.

Worship Resources for your family and community of faith

The collection of worship resources includes prayers, litanies, music, sermon videos and meditation starters, and other diverse elements for children and youth groups that all focus on addressing the injustice of hunger.

As well, it offers additional ways your church community can take action, including: 

  • Opportunities for contributing financially to increase access to
    food for people around the world who are struggling to feed their families.
  • Information, activities, and educational resources to help your
    congregation learn more about why global hunger numbers
    are on the rise.
  • Ideas on how to add your voice and be an advocate for ending global hunger.

Focus your worship and reflection on hunger

Here are just a few of our many resources

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Sermon starters and slides

Read and reflect on the account of the feeding of the 5,000 in John 6 and Jesus’ following teaching on being the bread of life. There’s something about everything that Jesus said and did that needs to be seen as part of a greater whole. 

Prayer: What do you bring?

“…What do you bring to Christ’s table? We bring bread, made by many people’s work from an unjust world where some have plenty and many go hungry. At this table, all are fed and no one turned away…”

"The Right Tools" Activity for children

“Jesus told a story about a whole lot of people who got hungry. They were grown-ups and children who went to hear Jesus talk and they stayed and listened all day. In fact, they stayed so long that it began to get late and everyone was hungry. Jesus asked his disciples to feed everyone, but they didn’t know how to do it…..” 

“Until All Are Fed” World Food Day Worship resource

The entire collection of worship resources includes calls to worship, prayers, benedictions, litanies, music, sermon videos and meditation starters, and other diverse elements for children and youth groups that all focus on addressing the injustice of hunger.

Video Sermon Options

“…God has provided. There is enough food in the world to feed everyone and yet today over 800 million people are facing hunger. Stop and think about that number. Around the world, more than double the population of Canada lives without the security of knowing that when they feel that pang of hunger at the end of the day, they will have enough food to nourish their bodies. Millions who worry that food will run out next week or next month and not know how they will fill their families’ plates…”

Dramatic Reading: based on John 6:1-15

This Readers Theatre setting for 4 voices can be used in worship as a dramatic way to bring the Gospel to life. 

Let's Pray Together

The Worship Resource for World Food Day

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) created World Food Day on October 16, 1945. The goal of the FAO is to free humanity from hunger and malnutrition, and to effectively manage the global food system. World Food Day events are organized in over 150 countries across the world, making it one of the most celebrated days of the UN calendar. These events promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and help strengthen the link between agriculture and food security.

Suggested Scripture Readings

For those who are hungry

55 Hear, everyone who thirsts;
    come to the waters; and you who have no money, 
come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk
    without money and without price.

Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread
    and your earnings for that which does not satisfy?
Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good,
    and delight yourselves in rich food.

Incline your ear, and come to me;
    listen, so that you may live.
I will make with you an everlasting covenant,
    my steadfast, sure love for David.

See, I made him a witness to the peoples,
    a leader and commander for the peoples.

Now you shall call nations that you do not know,
    and nations that do not know you shall run to you,
because of the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel,
    for he has glorified you.

Seek the Lord while he may be found;
    call upon him while he is near;

let the wicked forsake their way
    and the unrighteous their thoughts;
let them return to the Lord, that he may have mercy on them,
    and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord.

For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.

10 For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven
    and do not return there until they have watered the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
    giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,

11 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
    it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose
    and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

12 For you shall go out in joy
    and be led back in peace;
the mountains and the hills before you
    shall burst into song,
    and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress;
    instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle,
and it shall be to the Lord for a memorial,
    for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.

I will extol you, my God and King,
    and bless your name forever and ever.

Every day I will bless you
    and praise your name forever and ever.

Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised;
    his greatness is unsearchable.

One generation shall extol your works to another
    and shall declare your mighty acts.

They will recount the glorious[a] splendor of your majesty,
    and on your wondrous works I will meditate.

They will proclaim the might of your awesome deeds,
    and I will declare your greatness.

They shall celebrate the fame of your abundant goodness
    and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.

The Lord is gracious and merciful,
    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

The Lord is good to all,
    and his compassion is over all that he has made.

10 All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord,
    and all your faithful shall bless you.

11 They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom
    and tell of your power,

12 to make known to all people your[b] mighty deeds
    and the glorious splendor of your[c] kingdom.

13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
    and your dominion endures throughout all generations.

The Lord is faithful in all his words
    and gracious in all his deeds.[d]

14 The Lord upholds all who are falling
    and raises up all who are bowed down.

15 The eyes of all look to you,
    and you give them their food in due season.

16 You open your hand,
    satisfying the desire of every living thing.

17 The Lord is just in all his ways
    and kind in all his doings.

18 The Lord is near to all who call on him,
    to all who call on him in truth.

19 He fulfills the desire of all who fear him;
    he also hears their cry and saves them.

20 The Lord watches over all who love him,
    but all the wicked he will destroy.

21 My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord,
    and all flesh will bless his holy name forever and ever.

After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias.[a] 

A large crowd kept following him because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. 

Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. 

Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. 

When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?” 

He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. 

Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.” 

One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, 

“There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?” 

10 Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was a great deal of grass in the place, so they[b] sat down, about five thousand in all. 

11 Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. 

12 When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, “Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.” 

13 So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets. 

14 When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say, “This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world.”

15 When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself.

14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,[a] 

15 from whom every family[b] in heaven and on earth takes its name. 

16 I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit 

17 and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. 

18 I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth 

19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

20 Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, 

21 to him be glory in the church and[c] in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

October 16th people and organizations around the world will stand together to say “no more hunger.”

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