From the Pastor

Wafer and Wine

The story of our salvation is shared one sacred meal at a time. Gathered around tables of grace, we are fed and nourished by Jesus. Gathered around tables, the faith is passed from one generation to the next. Gathered around tables, strangers become neighbors. We eat simple food that becomes sacred. We hear simple stories that contain the divine.

Sacred meals are sprinkled throughout the Bible. Far from a feast, Adam and Eve’s relationship with God is transformed as they eat the fruit of the tree of good and evil. The Israelites eat manna in the wilderness as they dream of milk and honey in the Promise Land. Exodus 12 outlines the feast of unleavened bread – the meal honoring the time the angel of death passed-over the homes of the Israelites. This Passover feast is the same meal Jesus asked his disciples to prepare in an upper room. There the Passover feast is transformed into a new covenant – a sacred meal of wine and bread, blood and flesh.

We remember Jesus’ Last Supper and the institution of Holy Communion each Maundy Thursday. This year, instead of Beer & Hymns, we’ll gather around common tables to feast on the story of our salvation. We’ll learn how our Jewish brothers and sisters mark the Passover with a Seder Meal.* Inspired by their faithful tradition, we’ll read scripture, share a common meal and expect Christ to be revealed in our midst.

So I invite you to enter the story of our salvation. I invite you to gather around tables of grace, to eat simple food that becomes sacred and to hear simple stories that contain the divine. In this, Christ will certainly be revealed.

Peace.

Pastor Jen

*Christian Theologians caution the faithful about reenacting Seder Meals. They worry at will not honor our Jewish brothers and sisters. Check out this article from Christianity Today or this article from the ELCA for more information.

Just a Thought

In the inspired words of Avril Lavigne,  “Why’d you have to go and make things so complicated?” It’s true, life can get pretty complicated. We heap on commitments, clutter our lives and our closets with excess, and cloud relationships with layers of distraction. Then we come up gasping for breath in the midst of it all. Why’d we have to go and make things so complicated?

Lent invites us to fast from complication. To step back from our indulgence, to evaluate and declutter our lives. This Lent, we explore the Simple life to which Christ calls us. We will take a look at simplicity in Love, Faith, Giving, Stuff and Presence.

Each week we will practice simplicity with lenten challenges for the whole family. As we gather for worship we will practice simplicity as we fast from the typical spread of doughnuts and sweet treats – and survive on coffee and juice alone.

Now don’t get me wrong. This life is simple, not easy. We tend to make things complicated. Recovering from our own foolish ways can be quite a task. But it will be worthwhile.
Here’s to simplifying our lives together.

 
peace.

Pastor Jen