What’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten? How about the best dining experience you’ve ever had? Who was there and what made it so special?
In April, our youth reflected on these questions to get us thinking about community, meals, and nourishment. Certainly at SAPC we have had some great experiences and memories around the table. Potluck dinners, mac ’n cheese cook-offs, Singo de Mayo food trucks, bangers & mash… my mouth is watering! Our youth gather for dinner each Sunday night as a regular part of Youth Group. The conversation, fellowship, and connections that we make when we share a meal with others is unique and hard to replicate in other settings. And just as we find time at the table valuable, so did Jesus. We see countless stories from scripture where he paused to visit and break bread with all sorts of people.
After reading the story of the Last Supper, our youth shared thoughts and memories about Communion and their experiences. Did their parents have them wait until they were a certain age to partake? Have they ever experienced a particularly meaningful or memorable communion? We giggled about dropping the bread in the cup by accident and other communion faux pas!
After washing their hands, our youth worked together to prepare loaves of bread. In worship on Sunday, we enjoyed the loaves they baked as a congregation during our sacrament of Communion! What a gift to share together in bread and cup and collectively wonder… at the depth and breadth of God’s love, at the community we’ve been placed in to, at the call on our lives in service to Christ.