This weekend will be the first Sunday of May. For many, this is traditionally a time of preparing for graduations, weddings, mother’s day, neighborhood cookouts, and long summer days that seem to last forever.
We have also traditionally celebrated the Eucharist (aka The Lord’s Supper, or The Great Thanksgiving) on the first Sunday of each month. It is a holy time, a sacred moment in worship when we reflect on the suffering and victory of Christ through his death and resurrection. But not only that, it is a moment when we are reminded that people, even people like us, have been invited to the table to belong to God’s family. And better yet, we believe that God is present in a special way during this sacrament, empowering us, God’s people, to live lives that reflect God’s goodness into all creation.
There are many new things that I have enjoyed during this season of quarantine. I began practicing “Youtube Yoga” in the privacy of our loft (don’t laugh). Camille and I have also accomplished many, once waitlisted, house projects and we have enjoyed more movie nights, walks, and family time with our boys. And we have absolutely loved the way we see our church family creatively loving people (from delivering meals to the elderly and to economically disadvantaged school children, to social distant sandwich making for our homeless neighbors, to the Porch Portrait Project, to blood drives and all of the random acts of grace you have shared through calls, cards, and small gifts with one another.) #Lanyap
And even though we cannot safely meet right now, “Church is NOT Cancelled.” You ARE the church and the family business of the body of Christ is essential. The Church, of which Christ UMC is a part, will continue to find ways to express faith, hope, and love as the Holy Spirit continues to breathe life into our hearts and minds.
So thank you for the ways that you continue to faithfully and generously BE the Church.
And finally, I look forward to the day when we will be able to celebrate the Eucharist together again. I cannot wait to hear Rev. Donnie bend down and tell one of the children in our church, “God loves you this much,” as she hands them a piece of the body of Christ. And even though they do not understand all the significance of that meal yet, they are still invited to the table. My boys do not yet understand the importance of our family mealtime and sometimes they are ornery or ungrateful for the meal and the time we share. But we do not turn them away, we continue to invite them, night after night, to the table.
One day soon, we will share the Eucharist again together. And what a celebration it will be! Perhaps we will be re-reminded how good it is to have a community, a community that is family, and to have been entrusted with the family business of making disciples of Jesus Christ and transforming the world.