One of the lines in the Psalms is “Taste and see how good the Lord is!” (Psalm 34.8).
No wonder Jesus spends so much time eating and feasting with people rather than scolding or even instructing them: most of us learn best by doing and experiencing. We can’t intellectually embrace the sweetness of God; we have to taste it. The words have to become flesh before we understand.
Today, as you read this, we have started a new school year (whether we have any work or family with a school or not), we are back to the more regular rhythms of work and rest, of study and play.
We start another lectionary year, beginning with the covenant promises of God that will culminate in our celebration at Christmas of the birth of Jesus, one who shows us the fullness of life in God. We will be offering opportunities throughout the fall to go deeper into our relationship with God, to allow that transformation that God brings, and to take that passion, healing and wholeness into the world through acts of compassion.
We will host and participate in the CROP Walk to end hunger. We will host another Justice and Witness film, A Place at the Table, dealing with childhood hunger in the United States.
We will also offer the opportunity to participate in small groups that will gather once a week to get to know each other better and to engage in conversation over various texts in the Bible. We are going to use Brian McLaren’s new book, We Make the Road by Walking, as our resource.
We Make the Road has 52 chapters, each with a short text and some conversation starters for reflection and growth. Some things will resonate; some won’t. Some questions may find an answer, at least for now; some won’t. That’s okay, either way. We are on a journey and we feast together as we deepen our relationship with God and to the world.
If you are interested, please let us know. We hope to have morning, afternoon and evening groups, to accommodate the different needs. We hope to meet in coffee shops, etc around town or people’s home, including either at Heritage Health or Knollwood.
You can comment on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/pages/ Congregational-Church-UCC/108199412555194) or our Faceboook group page (www.facebook.com/groups/54925609563) or via email (
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Unfortunately the book is so popular that we are back ordered! That is actually pretty exciting – renewal and energy and conversations taking place around our country. The time waiting for books gives us the time to get the groups together.
As we move into September and the season of Fall, let’s taste and see the goodness of God. Not only did Jesus spend more time opening up hearts by feasting with God, he also asked us to go and do likewise. Let’s live awake and alert to beauty and justice, to head and to heart!