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Monday, October 13, 2014

I’m gonna eat at the welcome table;
I’m gonna eat at the welcome table, Alleluia.
I’m gonna eat at the welcome table;
I’m gonna eat at the welcome table, Alleluia.

I’m gonna eat and drink with my Jesus;
I’m gonna eat and drink with my Jesus, Alleluia. 
I’m gonna eat and drink with my Jesus;
I’m gonna eat and drink with my Jesus, Alleluia. 

I’m gonna join with sisters, brothers;
I’m gonna join with sisters, brothers, Alleluia.
I’m gonna join with sisters, brothers;
I’m gonna join with sisters, brothers, Alleluia.

Here all the world will find a welcome;
here all the world will find a welcome; Alleluia.
Here all the world will find a welcome;
here all the world will find a welcome; Alleluia.

We’re gonna feast on milk and honey;
we’re gonna feat on milk and honey, Alleluia.
We’re gonna feast on milk and honey;
we’re gonna feat on milk and honey, Alleluia.

“I’m Gonna Eat at the Welcome Table” (tune: Welcome Table)
African American spiritual
from Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal

Reflection
In the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, we not only remember what Christ did with his disciples, but enact a here-and-now expression of God’s reign on earth. At the Lord’s Table, all people—illiterate and educated, well-fed and hungry, new to faith and seasoned, guilty and innocent, citizens and undocumented, young and old, comfortable and war-torn, gay and straight, and people of all colors—all people are welcome. We honor the self-giving love of Jesus, who scandalously invited everyone to his table, whoever showed up, including the “wrong” kind of people.

There are no “wrong” people at the Lord’s Table. The Lord’s Supper is a corporate, inclusive act of sharing. Our oneness with others as brothers and sisters in Christ shows a glimpse of God’s kingdom on earth.

When I was on retreat at the Abbey of Gethsemane, Father Damien greeted a group of us by saying, “The kingdom of God is real. It is right here, now. Within you and me. Make it come alive this week. Be conscious of everyone in the group. Experience the kingdom of God by giving space to one another.” And later in the week he taught, “We take the piece of bread and say, ‘This is the body of Christ.’ We drink from the cup and say, ‘This is the blood of Christ.’ And then we come to know that this”—pointing to us as a group—is also the bread and the cup. God says, ‘You are the vessel in which I bring my Son alive.’”

Prayer
O God of all creation and peoples, open my heart to embrace everyone as my brother and sister. Erase any walls I erect against others. May my life, like your table, be a place of welcome for all. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


Written by Victoria G. Curtiss, Associate Pastor for Mission


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