Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

1 Corinthians 11:26

For as often as you eat of this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

Circle of hope

My favorite experience of the Eucharist occurs every summer when we move our early service from the church building to a nearby park. Gathering under 100 year-old oaks in a grassy field, we form a circle around a table—one people, around one table with one loaf, one cup at the center.

Standing beneath those old trees, we hear birds sing as early morning sun warms our cheeks. We soak in the greening of creation, knowing all we are and see is a gift beyond our making. And we receive the bread that makes our circle a holy place where we know who Christ is and what heaven is like.

The great giving of Christ comes alive. It is the reason we are there, standing with open hands to receive what he freely gives. Standing together, we are connected to each other and millions more in a great circle with Christ at the center, a community of hope.

That circle is our hope—and God’s holy dream for all creation. We hope that every soul of every land and time will be drawn into this circle of sharing to know loving union with Christ and all that Christ loves.

No one ever asks if Christ is present in our Sunday circle. There is no need. We just look around … and know.

Pr. David L. Miller

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