Fellowship at the Table

“When he was at table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it, and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were open, and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight.” Luke 24:30-13. From the Road to Emmaus story.

We come to the table every week in our worship because it is at the table where we most often recognize Christ and the will of God. This Sunday, we are asking the CCA family to gather at table and seek the face of God.

It is a simple fact for many of us that we best experience the way of Christ at table with friends. It is a sad fact that many Christians forget that we are gathering at table every week, and we mistake the formality of the liturgy for something other than fellowship at the table.

In the way of Jesus, we know God best with his people, serve him best in his people, and live most easily in love and fellowship when we are with friends. This has been true in my life, and I bet it is true in yours. Sunday is about that.

We will gather first at God’s table and then again in Rectors Hall to do what we really cannot do in the sanctuary: We will listen and talk to each other at table together. Our worship is not really an ideal place to have a conversation where we all get to listen, reflect, and share in communal discernment. It begins in the sanctuary, but it comes to full bloom in fellowship.

That is why I consider coffee hour holy. Now I love coffee, good coffee, but coffee is not the point. Otherwise many of our churches would close because of the burnt swill we often serve. No, the holiness is in the conversations, care, and love we share there.

Worship is an offering to God, but Jesus did not call us to only worship, but to a life in which we know, love, and serve God in fellowship in his body the Church. 

Join us. Bring a small plate to share of ten servings of finger foods. Bring your questions and hopes for our family at CCA. And discern with us where God is calling us.