This was a special day at “Grannie Annie’s Kitchen” as we dedicated the banner that will now hang outside the door to the building announcing to the neighborhood and community that “Grannie Annie’s Kitchen” is open.
The following is the litany that we used to dedicate the banner (the banner was created by Leetha Berchielli, a member of Grace UMC and we want to give our thanks for the work and love she put into making this banner).
And I know that you are asking, “What banner?” This is what it looks like hanging outside the door. And that is Grannie Annie herself.
Dedication of the “Grannie Annie’s Kitchen” Banner
Pastor Frank: And the preacher said, there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
People: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.
There is also a time to feed the body and a time to feed the soul.
Pastor Frank: Let us pray
Everyone: We have come from afar and waited long and are wearied.
Let us sit side by side, sharing the same bread drawn from the same source to quiet the same hunger that makes us weak.
Then standing together let us share the same spirit, the same thoughts that once again draws us together in friendship and unity and peace.
Pastor Frank: Grannie Annie’s Kitchen began as a response to a need, to feed the hungry of this neighborhood and community. It has been done much in the way that Jesus told His disciples that they should feed the people who had come to the mountain side so many years ago.
Ann: Toward evening the disciples approached him. “We’re out in the country and it’s getting late. Dismiss the people so they can go to the villages and get some supper.”
But Jesus said, “There is no need to dismiss them. You give them supper.”
Tony: Just as Jesus commanded His disciples to feed the people gathered to hear him supper, so too do we feed the people breakfast.
But it is not just a meal that is shared these two hours on a Saturday morning but the fellowship of community just as it was on that mountainside some two thousand years ago.
Pastor Frank: Today we dedicate this banner that tells the neighborhood and the community that Grannie Annie’s Kitchen is open and all are welcome to come and enjoy the breakfast and the word.
Everyone: Let us pray – Our heavenly Father, you sent Your Son to save us from a life of slavery to sin and death. You sent Your Son to remind us of Your love for us and how we must love others as You have loved us. Let us hang this banner proudly outside the door so that all who see it may come and let their body and soul be feed. Let those who see it come be reminded that Your Son, our Lord and Savior is a part of our lives now and tomorrow. AMEN