November 2019

November has my favorite annual celebration, Thanksgiving. Yes, I like birthdays and anniversaries. Please know that I do enjoy Christmas and Easter. For me, nothing compares to Thanksgiving. As a teen this was the celebration when my oldest two brothers would first return home from college. We would get out my parent’s fine china and crystal glasses. My mother would do all the cooking and the feast was delicious. The best part of the celebration was the table. Specifically, those around the table. Over the years those around the table have changed, yet the value of those who have been around the table continued to grow. Throughout Jesus’ ministry there were multiple feasts celebrated or illustrated. One of these feasts stands out to me more than any of them. We call this feast the Lord’s Supper, the Last Supper, or Communion. As is our tradition, on the first Sunday of November we will celebrate Communion at our Lord’s table. We will do things differently this month as we gather around tables during our time of worship. My prayer for our table gatherings is that we, as a family, remember the many tables we have been a part of throughout our lives. We should be encouraged to open our home tables so that others may join us. We are called to remember that no one has been excluded from Christ’s table and we are to live lives that do not exclude others. With all of this we are also called to always give thanks, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Your Servant in Christ,

Pastor Brian