I love a good potluck.
Of course, that's a pretty good indication that I grew up in the United Methodist Church. And nostalgia, combined with a hefty dose of slow-cooked mac and cheese, will pretty much make anyone love anything.
But seriously, I love potlucks. They're like a modern, Methodist version of the miracle of the loaves and fishes. Everyone brings one dish--something that might feed your whole family, but certainly isn't a meal. It wouldn't cut it on its own. But, as we all join together, there's enough to go around...and then some. Maybe even an extra twelve baskets' worth, if we were to add it up. That's a kind of math I'd be happy to do.
And then, on top of the food, there's the community. I was so energized on Sunday, walking around the fellowship hall, surrounded by the people of the Shared Covenant Ministries. It felt like a Shared Covenant, as we all sat intermingled with each other--folks from Emmanuel catching up with folks from Juneau, people who have worshiped in Lowell for generations catching up with old neighbors from the time they lived in Juneau. We're not nearly as separate as we'd like to think, are we? We're neighbors, co-workers, friends. And what's more, we're united by faith--even the name of our church says we share a covenant.
What a blessing that is!
On the way out, one of our beloved members said "This was great! We should do this more often." I wholeheartedly agree (and I'm not just saying that because I love potlucks!). We shoudl bring ourselves together as a whole more often, uniting underneath the almost decade-old name of the Shared Covenant Ministries. Because when we come together, each with our individual strengths and passions, the SCM will have more than enough to go around. More than enough resources. More than enough ideas. When we come together, we can celebrate the abundance of God's good work in this world, and energize ourselves into even more we can do.
Let's celebrate our abundance, and come together so there's more than enough to go around!
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