Celebration of Friendship

One of the joys of our Sunday gathering is also one of the most central aspects of of the Christian experience.The Lord’s Supper, it is a  symbolism of a meal that was shared between friends and and represents a time of togetherness So many of the get together’s I have with family and friends seem to revolve around a meal, it just makes us comfortable.

The Communion experience reminds me of these great times of celebration and our shared joy with Jesus, it also brings so many of us into a time of togetherness with that common bond of Christ between us. Every Sunday at JTNP I meet people from all over the world, it happened last year at Doheny State Park as well, different cultures, different traditions but the common bond of Christ.

Sometimes people looking in from the outside do not see the Communion table as a connection to what we see, a remembrance of Christ and his finished work on the cross. They seem to see it as a silly ritual or perfunctory exercise. But it is not, it is a celebration of Gods love towards us. I hope we never let the Communion celebration become just another ritual, it needs to remain a meaningful celebration.

I know many people today are struggling with what seems to be the weight of the world on their backs, I understand in the midst of that, it is difficult to share in a celebration but I hope this week when we approach the Communion table we can leave some of those burdens behind if only for a moment and focus on the reason for the remembrance, it is a celebration of friendship we have with Jesus.

See you Sunday


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