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On October 7, a beautiful warm, but breezy fall Sabbath day, more than 200 church and family members gathered on the long walkway between the church and chapel at LifeSource Adventist Fellowship where tables had been set up to accommodate them for an informal, but meaningful communion service, the second year it has been held outside.
Under a shade carefully erected by Roger Bredemeier, they enjoyed simple guitar music and singing. Pastor Dany Hernandez led the tables of people in conversations meant to create warmth and trust. More than a few new friendships were formed that day.
"It's important for our churches to remember that church was started around tables, not in sanctuaries," Children's Ministry Pastor Tim Cress shared after the gathering. "It helps us remember that church is about supporting one another. Hebrews talks about the importance of caring for others and places an emphasis on those in our faith community. We're always trying to serve our community, but the best church also has to be healthy internally."
After sharing the bread and the grape juice, Pastor Dany said a simple prayer of thanksgiving to dismiss the gathering, most of whom stayed to help with cleanup.
"A secondary meaning to the table," Cress shares, "is looking forward to the table to come and recognizing there's equality and diversity here and some day there will be that table in heaven.It also reminds us that we have the mile-long table coming up next summer," he finished.
[Carol Bolden; photo by Dany Hernandez]