In my early years in Savannah, Georgia I lived at the end of a cul-de-sac. The beauty of this spot in the neighborhood was that all the kids would come to the end of the cul-de-sac to play around the circle. This space would become a basketball court, a hockey rink, and a racetrack for big wheels and bikes. After long days of playing outside whenever lunchtime hit everybody would run into our house to grab a snack. It did not matter where you came from, if we knew you, your age, or even how you smelled after a morning of play in the humid south. Everyone was invited to gather around the table or counter while Mom passed out juice boxes, crackers, sandwiches, and whatever else we could scrounge up. At lunchtime, we gathered around the table with whomever the good Lord brought to the end of the cul-de-sac.
Throughout the Scriptures, we see Jesus eating with whomever has been brought to the table. Jesus is known for eating with women, tax collectors, sinners, and all types of personalities. This week in worship, we will focus on the Passover meal where Jesus institutes the Lord’s Supper. Again, Jesus is gathered around the table with his best friends as well as those who will soon deny and betray him. Yet Jesus still offers himself and his forgiveness to those gathered around the table. This Sunday, we will examine how the table of the Lord shapes us as a community of love and forgiveness for all who are gathered. I look forward to dining with you on Sunday at worship!
Rev. Colin Snider