Weekly Reflection, September 22, 2016

As we celebrate Grace’s 150th anniversary we’re also marking the 10th anniversary of Grace’s Table. It began on a monthly basis in the summer of 2006.

Grace’s Table is a ministry of outreach, but it’s also a congregation. Offered at 11:30 a.m. every Saturday, it brings together homeless neighbors with volunteers from Grace, other churches, and Georgetown University to pray, break bread, catch up and renew bonds of affection with old friends, welcome new friends, and wrestle with the stories and teachings of the Bible. A congregation, I’d say, not unlike the 8:30, 10:30 and 5 p.m. Sunday gatherings.

I number “Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life” among my favorite hymns, mostly because it captures God’s call to congregations in urban areas. In these congregations, people otherwise divided by economic, professional and social status, by race, ethnicity and history, can, with patience and an extra dollop of courage, find common ground – an open space where many ways cross. The term “salvation” itself carries the implication of being brought into just such an open space. So one might say salvation depends on finding places like the congregation we call Grace’s Table.

See below for an update on Grace’s Table, thanking David Bujard for his three years of service as coordinator and welcoming new coordinator David Ryder. If you’ve been away from this ministry for a time, or have never participated, please consider getting involved again, in whatever way fits with your schedule and other commitments. Families with children are very welcome, as is everybody else.

John Graham