I love the passing of the peace during Sunday morning worship services. I love that we interrupt the relative quietude of worship and, for a few moments, bustle about greeting one another with the peace of Christ.
As much as I love passing the peace, though, it’s not the best way to have a meaningful conversation. A momentary handshake or hug is not a replacement for really sitting down and hearing one another’s stories. So that’s what makes Lenten suppers so special.
Last Sunday, March 16, a group of Old Firsters gathered at Janice and Reuben’s home in the Bella Vista section of South Philly. It was the first Sunday Lenten supper; similar suppers will occur all around the city and environs over the next four weeks.
Nine of us gathered around the dining table, shared stories and got to know one another better. For our Lenten devotion we each shared an item that represents our Lenten journey, which we then offered as a gift to the person seated immediately to our right. Our gifts were as varied as our individual stories. I shared a package of salad greens, to represent my feelings toward Lent: I like it, but I don’t love it. It wouldn’t be the first thing I would choose in a buffet of liturgical seasons, but I know that it’s good for me. And I’ve learned things to add to it to make me enjoy it more: a little dressing (meaningful music) and a little crunch (some inward reflection) makes it taste a little better. And sharing it with others always makes it sweeter.
Lenten suppers are scheduled for the remaining Sundays in Lent. There’s still time to sign up if you haven’t yet. There are spaces available in the suppers scheduled for Sunday, April 6. Contact Mindy in the church office for more information.
See you in church,