Every Tuesday, we gather for house church. Initially, it resembled a Bible study and Evening Prayer which then grew to include a children’s activity and then a potluck meal. The conversations of our faith and sharing of our highs and lows around the meal is a profoundly meaningful time. It is a Eucharist meal, a thanksgiving and feasting in Jesus’ name at which we live out our calling to be unified in Christ. We have varied opinions about politics, about scriptural interpretation, about child rearing, yet as we feast around bread and wine, as we feast in a communal house church meal, Jesus is present, reminding us how pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity.
Psalm 133 was likely, along with several other psalms, sung by pilgrims as they traveled to Jerusalem. There was feasting and rejoicing, a sharing of joys and sorrows, along with celebration in the journey. A new kind of family is formed. We at Kairos Lutheran Faith Community have become what one of our children called her church family. We are kindred, we eat together, pray together, laugh and weep together, and journey together in all that life presents us.
Bless us with the oil of your abundant grace, O God, as we live in this Christian pilgrimage and form a church family. Amen. — FS