6On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples
a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines,
of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear.
Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, so that he might save us.
This is the Lord for whom we have waited;
let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation. ~Isaiah 25
October 1st is World Communion Sunday where we celebrate the ways God nourishes us abundantly and makes us one in Christ with siblings around the world of different races, ethnicities, nationalities, and denominations. We will be reminded throughout October of the many ways God sets tables for us and nourishes us, even in the presence of our enemies. At ASLC we have experienced God setting all kinds of tables… tables of justice at our house meetings, tables of peace, comfort and celebration at the memorial services for Marcus Jurgenson and Georgia Warner, tables of healing and strength at the bedsides of the dying, tables of solidarity and encouragement at the caregivers gathering, tables of hope and wisdom at the Aging & Dying Well forums and tables of plenty and community at women of ASLC, the men’s unity breakfast, house church, park church, and church at the Gallery.
We help set and are nourished by these feasts of plenty at church but we are also called to set such tables in our daily lives. How can you shift your regular mealtime so it honors the unity and abundance that God calls us to and promises? Can you host or participate in a special community meal this month that honors and celebrates God’s unity and abundance?
If you host or participate in such a meal this month, take some pictures and send them to Pastor Kari so the entire ASLC community can see the many ways we participate in the feast of the universe!
May you be fed by and become the body of Christ for the sake of the world!