Dear Holy Covenant Family,
My very first Sunday, two years ago, we sang “Welcome Table” at the evening service; this Sunday, June 12, my last, we’ll sing it again. As I pack boxes this week, wrap- up e-mails, and prepare for worship, I find myself singing this song over and over. Words seem inadequate to express the joy and gratitude I have for our time together; it’s been sheer blessing. So as I reflect and prepare to say goodbye, it’s only natural that the feelings surrounding me are of God’s abundant welcome.
For you, Holy Covenant, have taught me what it means to embody the unconditional part of God’s love. You’ve changed me; more importantly, you’ve widened my perception of God’s grace. You generously welcomed me to your table and witness each and every day what it means to gather together as the body of Christ, fired up to share this love with God’s wide world. I had never heard “Welcome Table” before I came here, and now it’s a part of me because you are a part of me and always will be. When we sing together about that glorious day when we’ll all feast at God’s heavenly banquet, I’m mindful of the ways Holy Covenant lives out the kingdom here and now:
We’re gonna eat at the welcome table…
Boldly gathering around God’s communion table, weekly and monthly; courageously answering the invitation to come, feast, be forgiven. Serving each other the bread and the wine; becoming the body of Christ and inviting others in. Setting a place.
We’re goin’ down to the river of Jordan…
Baptizing infants and adults; remembering our own baptisms as God’s beloved. Living out this good news by caring for one another in time of crisis, illness, or grief; praying for your brothers and sisters; being the family of God for one another. Setting a place.
We’re gonna feast on milk and honey…
Feasting on chili and pie, Mayan Palace chips and salsa, Einstein’s bagels and schmears; feeding others through Dignity Diner, The Night Ministry, and the Casserole Committee; cooking and eating mindfully, through food small groups and CSA shares, connecting to God’s creation. Setting a place.
God’s gonna set this world on fire…
Marching in the Pride Parade; Celebrating twenty years of being Reconciling; praying and working for justice for all God’s people. Setting a place.
We’re gonna sing in the heavenly choir…
Passionately worshipping each week; sharing your gifts through song, reading, greeting, serving; welcoming people to worship God. Setting a place.
I’m so grateful you’ve set a place for me these last two years and for the privilege to witness what God is doing through Holy Covenant. I will carry you’re welcome with me throughout my ministry and be inspired to share God’s love in boundless ways; thank you, thank you, thank you. I will miss you more than I can say, and so I keep singing.
How appropriate that we come together on Sunday to feast for a Pentecost potluck. Gathering with the spirit of those souls who have been feasting in this place since 1894; practicing setting a place for all those who will continue to walk in our doors. Please join us as we break bread, sing our hearts out, and continue to set God’s table. Pie baking begins at 8:30am in the basement, worship at 10:30am, potluck lunch to follow.
See you on Sunday, and think about who you can bring with you.
Grace and Peace,