The Common Meal is an opportunity to be the family of God together as we practice hospitality and fellowship tangibly. But the Common Meal also symbolically points us toward God’s design for the church: “From [Christ] the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work” (Ephesians 4.16).
In the Common Meal all give generously and all receive graciously, and God makes of our offerings—however meager—a meal that is more than enough. We ask for God’s grace to meet us in this ancient practice, that the Common Meal would be a place for reconciliation where enemies and strangers become neighbors and friends until we all reach unity in the faith.
1st Sunday — donuts
2nd Sunday — potluck
3rd Sunday — off
4th Sunday — Subs, chips
5th Sunday — Games, Bowling, etc.
The Common Meal is an opportunity to submit to one another out of reverence for Christ, who taught that whoever wants to be great must be the servant of all. So the Common Meal is unlike a restaurant or a soup kitchen. Here everyone works and everyone eats; everyone gives and everyone receives; everyone serves and everyone is served.