“When the hour came, he took his place at the table, and the apostles with him. He said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I tell you, I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves; for I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”Then he took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” And he did the same with the cup after supper, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.”
Bread, wine, promise of presence and grace. As we prepare our hearts for worship we give thanks for this meal that we receive. I often invite you forward to receive communion by saying, “This is God’s table, and all are welcome.” The wonderful thing about God’s table is that it is not limited to our sanctuary at Prince of Peace, or your kitchen table, or to the upper room. God’s table is everywhere. God’s table is anywhere God’s grace can be found (that is everywhere because God is everywhere). If you haven’t yet participated in communion during our virtual services, I encourage you to try it. It is not the same, I know, but know that God’s grace is the same and always will be. Please know that you are also invited to Wednesday evening Park and Pray, our outdoor service at 6:30 Wednesday evening in the parking lot, where we will have the opportunity to commune together. (RSVP here, please!) God’s table is always open. Come, taste and see that the Lord is good.
In Peace and Hope, Pastor Ruth