Many important parts of our lives are spent around the kitchen table. It is the place in our homes where we “do life”—work, art projects, homework all happen here. Last week, my children were on spring break, and with all the rain we spent several hours each day around the table playing Monopoly, Life, and Uno. It was a time of laughing, storytelling and just enjoying ourselves. It brought back fond memories from my own childhood of family game nights around the table.
The kitchen table, of course, is also where we gather to eat. It is a time to take a break from all the activities and share a meal. It is a time to pray together, talk about our day and share family plans. Growing up, we had a family dinner almost every night. However, I admit that scheduling regular family dinners are challenging in my house these days. We have to really make an effort to make sure we sit down and eat together. Since Allison works in the evenings, the kids and I eat dinner together most nights, but we have made breakfast our daily meal that we all share as a family.
This time together is so important. It is too easy to get disconnected from our family. The shared meal, conversation and time spent with loved ones weaves us closer together.
It shouldn’t surprise us that food and table fellowship was something Jesus shared with his family (the disciples). I am sure that, like us, they laughed and told stories about what they had been doing, and we know they shared family plans. It also shouldn’t surprise us that food and table fellowship is something we seek in our church family. It happens on Sunday nights with our youth, on Tuesdays with Alpha and in many of our small groups that meet during the week.
The celebration of Holy Communion is our "family meal" as followers of Jesus. The gathering at the communion table isn’t just an act of worship, but also a tradition of family members gathering to celebrate, to remember, and through the sharing of bread and cup, be mysteriously drawn deeper into relationship with God and with each other.
Don’t forget—THIS Sunday from 4:30-5:30 p.m., you and your friends are invited to come gather around the table for a NEW worship experience. This preview worship service is set up around Holy Communion, so come celebrate, remember and reconnect with God. Also, please plan to join us for Communion during Holy Week at our Maundy Thursday service at 7:00 p.m.
I look forward to seeing you in worship and around the table.