It is odd, isn’t it? In our liturgy of the Eucharist, we talk about celebrating the Lord’s Supper, sharing in bread and wine, keeping the feast, yet we eat so little together during the actual service. It was not always that way. Early church writings envision the shared meal as way for Christian to grow together into deeper bonds of affection and maturity in following Jesus. All types of people came together at these meals – young and old, men and women, slave and free, Jew and Gentile. In the outside world, those distinctions defined who people were. But when these folks gathered together in the name of Jesus to eat together, all those distinctions fell away.
Throughout the year, we press pause on our formation classes to join in a potluck brunch between the 9 and 11:15 services: just good food, good people, and time to feast together.