This Sunday is World Communion Sunday. What better way to get outside ourselves than to consider our siblings around the world. I love the idea of a world wide family table, with our neighbors near and far coming to feast. It’s a family reunion, Sunday dinner, and neighborhood party all rolled into one.
Picture our friends in Sierra Leone coming to the table, as those we served alongside in South Carolina find their seats, and our collected family members all sitting as one. Think of every church you’ve ever visited and attended finding room at the table. And every church whose door you’d never darken, they’ll squeeze in too. Ooh, imagine it, space at the table for everyone. As the song we’ll sing tomorrow promises, “For everyone born, a place at the table, to live without fear, and simply to be, to work, to speak out, to witness and worship, for everyone born, the right to be free…”–A Place at the Table, Shirley Erena Murray
As our Marcia McFee series continues, our text from Matthew 22 and James 2 will invite us to look outside our own little world to welcome in the stranger, the poor, the lonely, the dispossessed. We’ll wrestle together with God’s concept of hospitality at God’s table, in the church, and in our world.
I’ll see you tomorrow,
PS. To make this day extra special, Brentwood Brass will be with us during 10am worship. You’ll want to get here early. They’ll begin playing the prelude at roughly 9:45am. Here they are playing at the 400th anniversary celebration of West Parish Church in West Barnstable on Cape Cod, MA. October 16, 2016.