A couple millenia ago, Jesus gathered a few men and women, who followed him around, ate with him, watched him heal, and listened when he taught. This small group of very real, fallible human beings started a movement that has changed our world. What would those early disciples think if they could see the church, the body of Christ in the 21st century?
This Sunday is World Communion Sunday–a celebration of the body of Christ gathered at one table, Christ’s table. It is mind-blowing to me to consider how the last supper Jesus shared with his disciples has led to the gathering of millions to feast, sharing sourdough in some places, tortillas in others, rice cakes and crackers, wafers and wonderbread–all of it a sharing in the life and love of Christ.
Think about it. Like that moment when you realize how big the universe is, and how small you are, think about your place in the family of God. Think about all who came before, and all who might come, because of your invitation, your life, your love.
Consider all who will come to feast this Sunday. From twelve men and Jesus sharing a special meal, the table has grown, lengthened, widened to include you and me, and all those who have taught us about faith, and all of those who are just new to the movement. At this table are liberals and conservatives, republicans, democrats, and independents. At this table we rub elbows with Baptists, and Catholics, Congregationalists, and Lutherans. At this table citizens and immigrants of every nation feast as family, messy, chaotic, home. At this table, like so many family tables, are people we’re glad to see, and people we hope sit at the other end of the table.
Come and feast! Come to our 8:30 worship and hear what God can do with faith the size of a mustard seed. Come to our 10am worship and welcome a brand new member to the family of God through the sacrament of baptism. Come join a movement that has been changing lives, offering hope for millennia. Come and find yourself in the community faith, connected to the body of Christ, fed by Christ himself.
I’ll see you on Sunday!