This past Sunday I preached from the stories of David’s sin against Bathsheba, and Jesus feeding the five thousand in John 6, proclaiming that Jesus is pulling us out of our fearful grasping for power and privilege, and gathering us into his kingdom, where he receives and blesses our meager offerings, transforming them into abundant provision for all: his own flesh and blood, offered for the life of the world.
I invited us to recognize and reckon with our culturally-conditioned instinct to protect the powerful at the expense of the vulnerable, and confess our own fearful grasping for privilege and power.
I also called us to, like the boy with five loaves and two fish, to offer what we have to Jesus, even when it seems too small to meet the need in front of us, trusting Jesus to receive, bless, and multiply them for the flourishing of all.
Our recently-resumed Table Groups are a microcosm of this kind of work: we show up with our simple presence, embodied in an offering of food we all share together. We listen to each other, celebrate with each other, lament with each other, pray for each other, for the church, and the world, practicing life together as best we can.
These “little offerings” are how we grow into becoming the Body of Christ together, a community joined by a common hunger for communion across difference. Instead of holding onto power and privilege, we just offer what we have for the sake of others, trusting God’s grace to multiply it to meet the needs, often in surprising ways none of us could have predicted ahead of time.
So I wanted to invite you to Table Group this week! We have two Table Groups meeting right now, both on Thursday evenings from 6-8pm:
- Northside/Fishers: contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
- Downtown/Bates-Hendricks: contact email@example.com for more info.
Let us embody Christ this week with one another!