19Then Jesus 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.’ 20And 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.
During the pandemic there were many stories about families rediscovering the family dinner. The practice of sitting down to dinner all together without a place to run to was a wonderful notion. This return to a family centering time is a gift and one that I hope will be continued into the future.
When we teach Holy Communion Instruction for our elementary families, we relate the act of gathering for communion to that same family dinner. In communion, we not only join with those in the sanctuary, but we gather with those taking communion in all other congregations as well as those who have ever and will ever be at the communion table.
Jesus gathers us to himself and gathers us with our grandparents past and everyone in the future to the greatest family dining table of all time. So, the next time you take communion, give thanks to God for gathering us at God’s table with all of our siblings in Christ. Let us eat together.
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