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Sit Here By Me

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photo by Bill Woodruff

for Sunday, April 28, 2013
5th Sunday of Easter
Year C
lectionary focus: Acts 11:1-18; John 13:31-35

Good Morning!
Happy Easter!

When I was in high school, the tables in the lunchroom were separated: the nerds sat at their tables and the popular people sat at their tables. Fifty years ago in our country, restaurants were separated…white people ate at certain restaurants and black people ate at others. In Bible times, Jews could not eat with Gentiles. Seems like for thousands of years, we’ve been having problems with who can sit together at the table. Whenever different people have tried to share tables, other people freak out.

Our Bible story today reminds us that God’s table is big enough for everyone. Peter has just come back from a trip. Some of his friends are giving him a hard time because he ate with “those” people. (use the air quotes to make the point) But Peter patiently shares that “those” people are their neighbors. I wonder if you remember what Jesus taught about neighbors…Yes, Love your neighbors as yourself. Jesus also said, “Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.”

Obviously, love is a lesson the world is still learning every day. And love is a lesson we practice each time we come to the Lord’s table for communion.* Here we see that God welcomes each and all of us: tall or short, young or old, fancy or regular, (use other differences that fit your congregation, like in my area we would say Auburn or Alabama)… God does not let our differences prevent us from sharing His table. Therefore, let us praise God together! And let us remember that whether here at church or at school or anywhere in the world, we can come together with different people because we are all neighbors. God loves us and our neighbors. And just like God loves us, we are to love one another.

Will you pray with me? (This is an echo prayer: the leader says a line and the children repeat it.)

Dear Lord,
Thank You
for sharing Your table
with me.
Help me
to share tables
with the neighbors I meet
here
there
and everywhere.
Amen

*If your church does not do communion often or the children do not participate, substitute ‘God’s House’ or ‘Church’ in place of ‘His table.’

We are not Christians alone.
My mission is to share, inspire, and encourage.

Generous With God’s Love

for Sunday, October 7, 2012
World Communion Sunday
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
19th Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 22
lectionary focus: Mark 10:2-16

Hello!

When I was a kid, my parents were always inviting people over to eat dinner with us. Sometimes they had planned for people to join us, so we had lots of food. And sometimes, they made the invitation so quickly, there was just enough food. To make sure our guests had enough to eat, my mom had two code phrases that she used at the table for us kids. If there wasn’t a lot of extra food, my mom would say early in the meal, “F.H.B.” Those letters stood for Family Hold Back. Momma wanted us to hold back from taking a big serving until our company had had enough to eat. But if there was a good amount of food, she’d say, “P.O.T.T.” Those letters stood for Plenty on the Table. Then my family knew we could have as much as we wanted because there was enough food for our company and for us. Momma used these codes because she never wanted to hold back from hospitality or sharing with others. She never wanted to be stingy with our company.

In our Bible story today, Jesus’s friends, the disciples, get a little stingy with their hospitality. A crowd of people, including children, want to visit with Jesus, but the disciples speak harshly and turn them away: Jesus is too busy for you…Go away. But Jesus stops the disciples. Jesus reminds them that is there is plenty of Jesus to share. Jesus doesn’t use a secret code; He tells the disciples straight up, “Let them come unto me.” When people want to come to Him, the disciples’ mission is to welcome them.

Today we celebrate World Communion Sunday. Churches all around the world share in the bread and wine of the Lord’s Table. And this is the Lord’s Table–it does not belong to us or to the church–it belongs to God. And God is calling out that there is POTT: Plenty on the Table.

Our mission is to live God’s openness–and wherever we are–we are to welcome others and be generous with God’s love.

Will you pray with me? (This is an echo prayer: the leader says a line and the children repeat it back.)

Dear Lord,
Thank You for having
plenty on the table.
Help me
to be generous
with Your love.
Amen

We are not Christians alone.
My mission is to share, inspire, and encourage.