At a dinner church, the entire liturgy unfolds over a meal—from preparing supper together to singing to sharing communion to being anointed on the way out the door.
For the leaders of food-based church models, communion is a sign that in the kingdom of God, everyone is welcome at the table, and no one should go home hungry.
It’s exciting because it engages people. It’s threatening because it empowers laity and de-emphasizes clergy. And all of a sudden, it’s everywhere. Are you ready?
This message is an excerpt of the “Food and Faith” by Anne Basye in the December 2016 issue of Gather magazine. Today is the Baptism of Our Lord and the first Sunday after Epiphany. The readings are Isaiah 42:1-9; Psalm 29; Acts 10:34-43; Matthew 3:13-17.