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Jesus spent his time on earth eating and drinking – a lot of his time. In the book of Luke alone there are ten stories of Jesus dining with various people from all walks of life...tax collectors, sinners, disciples, pharisees and teachers…not to mention over 5000 strangers in the crowds that gathered around him. New Testament scholar Robert Karris says: ‘In Luke’s Gospel Jesus is either going to a meal, at a meal, or coming from a meal.’
Sharing meals played a vital role in the ministry and mission of Jesus…they were tangible examples of His grace. We believe that Jesus wants us to do the same. That is why in the next few months, we will be offering a number of opportunities for our family of Faith to gather around the dinner table.
We will be holding “Restaurant Rendezvous” every 4-5 weeks at restaurants in the area. The first was held on August 30th at Murphy’s Loft and 26 of us got together for a great night of good food and joyful fellowship. Each month the date, time and location will be announced in the bulletin, via email and on Facebook.
To ‘consecrate’ means to dedicate something for a sacred purpose. On Reformation Sunday, October 27th, we will culminate our Faithful Living, Faithful Giving stewardship focus with a Consecration Sunday celebration. We will remember our heritage as Lutherans, and dedicate our time, talents and treasures to the sacred mission and ministry of Faith Lutheran Church here in the Poconos. There will be one service that morning at 9:30 am, followed by a special brunch for all. We hope as many as possible will attend.
We are also preparing to launch a new ministry called “The Faith-ful Feast,” or ‘dinner church.’ What’s that you ask? Simple…it is church, but over dinner. To some it might seem like a departure from tradition, but it is actually a return to our Christian roots. From God’s provision of food to fleeing refugees in Exodus, to the celebratory feast of its remembrance, our food and our tables are marked as sacred. The earliest church knew and lived that! “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” (Acts 2:42) The sharing of a sacred meal is the heritage of the church. We are planning to hold these services on the first Thursday of each month, starting in November. Watch for more news about this exciting new ministry in the weeks ahead, and then help spread to word!!
In Revelation 3, Jesus says to the Church: “Behold I sand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come to them and dine with them, and they with me.” Let’s all set the table and fling the door open!!
Sharing a meal is more than eating food together. A shared meal represents friendship, community, hospitality, and grace.
Your partner in ministry and meal!!