They committed themselves to the teaching of the apostles, the life together, the common meal, and the prayers. Acts 2:42 (MSG)
Our ancient sisters and brothers practiced a simple rhythm of life which enabled them to encourage one another in faith, hope and love. The dining table is a spacious place where spiritual friendships are formed, nurtured and life is shared in mutually comforting ways. Friendship is the way we concretely know presence, grow in compassion, offer ourselves for the sake of others, and to remind ourselves of our first and truest identity which is situated in Christ as beloved children of God.
One of the desires that emerged from our recent Focus Groups discernment process was for intimate community gatherings that would foster supportive spiritual friendships. Holy Trinity is experimenting with one way to develop that desire through a ministry called Sacred Suppers. Once a month intimate circles of people will gather in various homes around the county and share a simple meal. We’ll read a story of a saint – sometimes ancient and sometimes modern – and reflect on the character trait that saint exemplifies. The meals will be creatively shaped by a liturgy of communal prayers and conversations about our own lives.
A time of fellowship, food, and spiritual formation in the context of community.
Hosts will provide soup and participants are invited to bring appetizers, bread, salad, beverage or dessert. The suggested time frame is 6:30 – 8:30pm.
The companion booklet for each person is $5. Pick one up at the Welcome Table.
Each participant is encouraged to read in advance the brief material provided and be prepared to share the impact reading that story has in their life.
In order to build community, participants are asked to make a quarterly commitment. For example, signing up for the Friday night group for the Spring Quarter means you are able to participate on all three Fridays.
Participation is by quarter, acknowledging that schedules or interest may change throughout the year. Those unable to participate in the Spring Quarter are encouraged to sign up in future quarters. Sign-ups will be on a first come basis on the patio after church or by contacting the church office. (Depending on interest we may be able to expand the number of host homes.) While some may wish to remain at the same host home for more than one quarter, some may choose to switch homes/days at the end of a quarter.
Spring hosts and dates are available on the sign up sheets on the Welcome Table in the church courtyard.
Bill Ditewig for more information.