Sept. 1 – Table Stories

An unusual assortment of people gather around communion tables: those who are very rich and those deeply in debt; circuit court judges and felons, even murderers; nuclear physicists and poets; academics and drop outs. People from every corner of the world.

Communion ware on the table

We believe that through this sacrament or holy mystery that the table in any and every Christian congregation is linked by the Body and Blood of Christ through the Holy Spirit. Even though vast distances or political differences may separate us in other circumstances, at this table we become one people, all of whom are citizens in the Kingdom of Heaven.

Even within a congregation a surprising diversity of people may gather around this table.

Yet at this table everyone who comes is offered only a nibble of the Bread of Life and merely a sip from the Cup of Salvation with no distinction. At this table we receive the same measure of grace. A measure as large as each needs.

I will have more to say about Luke 14:1, 7-14 at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 1st.
Robert Shaw, Pastor

An ancient story tells of a barber who received 6 and a half pots of gold. The story proceeds telling how the barber strove to fill that last pot yet it always remained partly empty.

In the Lord’s Prayer we ask: “Give us this day our daily bread.” This petition evokes memories of Israel crossing the wilderness and being able to collect each morning enough bread for one day, and no more.

How do you teach your child to be satisfied with enough?