October 1, 2021

An Infinite Table

See, I am going to bring them from the land of the north, and gather them from the farthest parts of the earth, among them the blind and the lame, those with child and those in labor, together; a great company, they shall return here.
Jeremiah 31:8
The word has gone out. Messengers have invited people from the east and the west, the north and the south—indeed from the ends of the earth. A feast is being held and all God's children have been invited. It is the marriage feast of the Lamb.

This coming Sunday is a day known as World Communion Sunday. Though we should remember it every time we gather for worship, on this day we will be especially mindful of the presence of all our sisters and brothers around the world, for the Lord's table extends far beyond the walls of our (or any!) church building. It encircles the earth. Yet it does not separate one side from the other. It is not a wall, it is a bridge, uniting those on either side and making them one family.

When we eat the bread, let us discern the body of Christ. Its members are not those who look or sound like us. It consists of every hue of skin and every language spoken. It is all ages, and seated at the table are those who have gone before and those yet to come. To discern the body is to embrace the wholeness of the individual within the whole people of God.

A man prepared a great feast and sent out many invitations. When the banquet was ready, he sent his servant to tell the guests, ‘Come, the banquet is ready.’
 Luke 14:16-17 (NLT)
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
Thank you for your supper, Lord. In the breaking of the bread, may I discern your body in all its glorious diversity.
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After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.

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