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Food is Love

There are a LOT of scriptures about banquets, feasts, and food in general. Sometimes they’re just about having a place at the table in fellowship with others. Sometimes they suggest we should eat with people that the world says aren’t worthy, but God says they are. “Jesus is the Bread of Life” talks about how His peace fills you, so you’ll never be hungry or thirsty again.

There are also lots of jokes about church potlucks and Jell-O salads, but who doesn’t feel the love when we’re all eating together? I’ve heard so many stories of families looking for a church, and kids saying, “I like the one that had donuts!”

Our confirmation class had an amazing experience last weekend, when they were invited by Rabbi Javier Cattapan to participate in Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles, at Congregation Beth Torah. After the incredibly joyful worship service, we came back to the fellowship area where treats awaited, but first we were given bread and wine/juice after a blessing. I was so surprised, as communion is a symbol of Christ’s sacrifice for us! But then we remembered that Jesus was giving this Hebrew blessing of the bread and wine during the Jewish Passover celebration. It was a great reminder of how we are all connected by our faith.

And isn’t that part of why food brings us together? During worship we are fed by scripture, music, preaching the gospel, communion — but by experiencing it with our church family, we share the blessings we’re given with each other. We are all invited to the banquet; won’t you come and dine?

In Christ’s love,
Heather Lewis
Director of Worship and Music

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