The United Methodist open communion table is of vital importance to me. Every time we gather and celebrate this sacrament we are actively participating in a means of grace. God is drawing us in, inviting us to come and experience the love revealed in Jesus Christ. We, all of us, are welcome. In this moment we are fully living into our vision statement to be the place where Christ and the community intersect.
It is also important to me that people in The Downtown Church have the opportunity to serve this sacrament. There is a sacred moment when the bread and cup are offered by one person God loves to another person God loves. To experience one imperfect child of God extending grace to another imperfect child of God. And to know that Jesus is pleased that all are living his Truth: that he came because “God so loved the world.”
This Easter Sunday, we will do everything we can to proclaim with joy the resurrection of Jesus Christ. There will be people who have decorated the tables downstairs, the doors of the church, the sanctuary. Others will be cooking and serving breakfast and still others greeting you. There will be children running around and loudly searching for plastic Easter Eggs and yes, eating candy in the church. On this Sunday, we keep all the kids with us throughout the morning. There will be music and laughter as we worship together and speak with gratitude the words, “He is risen indeed!”
And then all will be invited to the table of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. All. The young and old. The rich and poor. The believer and nonbeliever. With awe and wonder, I will have the best view in the house as the grace of God is given and received in the Sacrament of Holy Communion. You—all of you—are welcome at this table.
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