Last Saturday, Beth and I had the privilege of attending the wedding ceremony of Julie Gaines, the oldest daughter of Ray and Nancy Gaines, and the granddaughter of Barbara Newlon. Before Julie and her husband Jeff Walton exchanged their vows, the congregation was invited to participate in the Lord’s Supper.
Jeff and Julie told us, “Communion is a chance to return home. To return to the center of our faith, and remember what is important in the long and sometimes difficult journey of life, faith, and marriage. Whenever we as children of God feel lost, or find ourselves stepping into darkness, it is good to know that God’s table and the community surrounding it will always be there to bring us back home, welcome us back, and remind us of our identity.”
Officiating minister Sterling Severns, Pastor of Tabernacle Baptist in Richmond added, “It is our understanding that this table represents the love of God. It is the table that we find God’s diverse children, one and all, gathering around; continually being reminded that if the world is going to understand who God is, it must first begin with us sitting at the table together.”
As we prepare to celebrate the Lord’s Supper this Sunday, may these beautiful words by Jeff, Julie and Sterling stay with you.
Life can be difficult, and sometimes we may even feel lost and in the dark.
But God’s table and the community of faith surrounding that table will always be there to welcome us back home and remind us of our identity as children of God.