Sermon: “Welcome Table” by Gilda Rody
Pastoral Welcome: Shwna Campbell
Scripture Reading: Acts 2:42-47, TNIV read by Sandy Balli and Don Balli, 1 Corinthians 11:24-27, TNIV read by Stan Appleton
Have you ever walked into a room and struggled to nd a place to sit? I remember that the cafeteria tables were not always “welcome tables.” Groups formed quickly: the cheerleaders, the band kids, the nerds, the popular kids . . .
finding the right table . . .
finding out where you belong . . .
finding out if you were welcome . . . genuinely welcome.
It’s a little bit like going into a church for the rst time and wondering where to sit and wondering if you are genuinely welcome or if people are just being polite. I wonder where Jesus would sit. The scriptures tell us that Jesus ate with the sinners and the tax collectors.
The desire to eat with others is “hardwired” into human being, and people have always gathered in groups to eat. Most of us enjoy the opportunity to gather with family and friends around a table.
Today, the Communion Table is before us . . . . It is not our table;it is the Lord’s table...a table at the heart of our church, the hub of our church family activity, the place where we are always welcomed, loved, and accepted.
May this table, the Lord’s table, always be a “Welcome Table,” and may we always be a “Welcoming Church.”
Gilda Roddy, Pastor for Pastoral Care