I think Federated Church is a “dinner church.” (I know we like to eat!) We spend a lot of time around the tables in our fellowship hall. At those tables we share our stories and our worries, our laughter and our tears. We are about as diverse a congregation politically and theologically as is possible, but around those tables, we are one people, one church. An enormous amount of good can come out of shared meals in churches. Peace, unity and forgiveness, what the Bible calls “reconciliation,” happens around tables. “All this is from God,” says Paul in his second letter to the Corinthians, “who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation” (5:18). Finding agreement is tough today. We are not going to agree on every issue, and sometimes it’s hard to be united in the same mind and the same purpose. But we can be one body at the table, living a cross-shaped life. So, let’s eat together, whenever we can.
- 1 Corinthians 1:10 - 18