One Great Hour of Sharing
Started in 1949, One Great Hour of sharing is a long-standing ecumenical effort aimed at raising the funds necessary to provide relief and reconstruction for communities in the aftermath of disaster.
Around the world, millions of people lack access to sustainable food sources, clean water, sanitation, education and opportunity.
Each gift to One Great Hour of Sharing helps to improve the lives of people in these challenging situations. The Offering provides us a way to share God’s love with our neighbors in need. In fact, One Great Hour of Sharing is the single, largest way that Presbyterians come together every year to work for a better world.
One Great Hour of Sharing money received during the Lenten season (which is March 1 – April 15) makes a difference in the world through three impactful programs: Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Presbyterian Hunger Program, and Self Development of People.
The Christian season of Lent is historically marked with fasting, a traditional practice of giving up food and devoting yourself to prayer. But this isn’t the only type of fasting the Bible talks about.
Isiah 58 describes an alternative type of fasting, not to give up but to share. Isiah calls us to “loose the bonds of injustice,” to “let the oppressed go free,” to “share bread with the hungry” and to “invite the homeless poor into our homes.” We are called to offer help to those in need and restoration to those who have been broken down. One way we answer this call is through our gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing. As we share, Isiah 58 provides a promise. As we respond to injustice, feed those who are hunger, and provide places for those without homes, our “light will break forth,” and we shall be called “repairers of the breach, restorers of streets to live in.”
One Great Hour of Sharing is a mission offering this church has long supported. The Mission Interpretation committee hopes One Great Hour of sharing is a fast that you choose. May the gifts we share bring justice and help to those in need.