This week we are putting a modern spin on the good old fashion church potluck — or what the early church called “a love feast.”
A love feast is a meal shared among community in remembrance of Jesus’ last supper with his friends. To truly capture the nature of what it means to live in Christian community, we are encouraging everyone to contribute something to our shared meal.
If you have the capacity to contribute something -even something small- please let us know what it is so we can make sure we have enough for all!
Like any meal shared among family or friends, our gathering will feature stories, jokes, and maybe even a group singalong!
Our focus this week is on the sacraments of the church. We’ll be asking…
What are they?
Why do we do them?
How does God show up in and through these rituals?
While the protestant church only acknowledges two sacraments, we will take on the list of 7 affirmed but the Catholic Church: baptism, confirmation, confession, marriage, ordination, anointing the sick, and the Lord’s Supper.
This week we talked about “mission.”
There are lots of examples (past and present) of how this concept has been used to manipulate and even enslave people around the world. Frankly, a lot of people cringe when they hear the word “mission” — especially in regards to the Church.
That said, the Bible is all about mission. More accurately, it is about sending. God sends Jesus into the world and Jesus sends us.
What are we sent to do?
To live and love as Jesus did; to witness to the light of Christ in the darkest situations.
Blessed Are You Who Bear the Light
Blessed are you
who bear the light
in unbearable times,
to its endurance
amid the unendurable,
who bear witness
to its persistence
when everything seems
Blessed are you
the light lives,
the brightness blazes—
an altar where
in the deepest night
can be seen
the fire that
shines forth in you
in unaccountable faith
in stubborn hope
in love that illumines
every broken thing
– Jan Richards
“The church exists primarily for two closely correlated purposes: to worship God and to work for his kingdom in the world … The church also exists for a third purpose, which serves the other two: to encourage one another, to build one another up in faith, to pray with and for one another, to learn from one another and teach one another, and to set one another examples to follow, challenges to take up, and urgent tasks to perform. This is all part of what is known loosely as fellowship.”
– NT Wright, Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense
Xroads Underground looks a bit different than your average church. That is to say, it looks a bit different than the Church of the 21st century. But before the Jesus movement developed creeds and hierarchies and Chris Tomlin mashups, it was just a small community trying – and sometimes failing- to model themselves after their Christ. For them, this meant sharing meals, befriending the poor, caring for outcasts, and practicing forgiveness. These simple practices proclaimed that a world where peace and justice reign was possible, and in fact, at hand.
At Underground we celebrate and draw from the rich traditions of the Church, as they taken shape over the last 2,000 years. At the same time, we try to remember the essence of what it means to be CHURCH. If you are someone who seeks to live more in tune with the counter-culture way of Jesus, join us for our next series: What We Talk About When We Talk About Church
Together we will explore what it meant to be Church in the wake of the resurrection, and what it means for us today.