August 8 Edevotionsl

Sometimes I can’t resist eavesdropping. While I was dining out on vacation, a family was talking about church. Not just generally, this family was comparing Holy Communion in different denominations. They mentioned the Catholic’s belief in transubstantiation (that bread and wine become the actual body and blood of Christ during Holy Communion). They felt that  the United Methodist Communion table was “Too open. They need to teach children what Communion is before they take it.” Usually the conversations I overhear about church are not nearly as detailed!

I noticed that the family kept referring to different churches as “they.” As in, “they should (move their coffee upstairs, fix their parking, serve different bread, be better at small talk…).” I wondered, did this family have a church home, a place they talked about with the pronoun, “we”?

On Sunday our guest preacher, Rev. Elizabeth Bowes, talked about how Jesus did a lot of breaking social customs to welcome people to the Table. She reminded us that the table is for everyone and that God is present with us everywhere. When we spend our time thinking about how “they” got invited or how “they” serve communion we are putting up the very barriers Christ has already removed. The root word of communion means something shared. As it says in the order of worship, “We, who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf.” When we come together on Sunday mornings, worship is  the community that we create together to witness  God’s presence among us.
Christine Hides

 

HAPPENINGS

MOM’S GROUP
Our continuing “moms group” will meet at the Gosser home every Monday during the summer
from 7:30 to 9:00pm.    This is a time for moms to be together without kids. 

SMALL GROUP FAITH FORMATION
Beginning Saturday, September 1, 9:30 am, we will gather for Small Group Faith Formation.
If you are interested in growing your faith and deepening your spirituality, we have found this
group to be a great means of sharing, learning, and praying together.
Stay tuned for what study we will take up in our group. Everyone Welcome.

TRUSTEES WORK NIGHT
On the third Wednesday of each month the trustees come to the
building to do small jobs, throwing things out, cleaning up
classes, etc.  Anyone is welcome to join them at 7:00.

 

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