As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.” So he went in to stay with them. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us? –Luke 24.28-32
- Have you used this time at home to learn how to cook or bake? What have you recently cooked that made you happy?
- What did you hope to be doing at this time and you can’t? Has this changed what you hope for this summer? This fall?
- Following God seems to center a lot on invitations to fellowship with a sense of belonging; where and to whom do you extend invitations for fellowship and belonging?
- Do you read the Bible? If so, what have you read and what have you learned? If not, what holds you back?
I was always taught, you don’t go where you’re not invited. Churches don’t always do a good job with invitations; many times our invitations are instrumental. Too many times we invite others so they will add to the number of people in attendance, so those in charge can feel good about themselves. Other times, our invitations are to those who look, think, and act like we do; we want the ‘right’ sort of people around, those we feel comfortable with and who won’t annoy us. Jesus’ invitation was to whomever he happened to meet, whether they got it right or not, whether they understood or not, whether they wanted it or not. Jesus reminds us that belonging isn’t something only for a few people, it’s for all of us, in whatever frame of mind we’re in. That can be challenging for us, but finding a place to belong with God is the work of the church, when our eyes are opened.
If you’re looking to connect, or reconnect, with a place to belong no matter how good, sweet, and smart you are, then join us Sunday at 6 pm on Zoom (bit.ly/TCZoom) for Evening Prayer and fellowship. Download the Sunday bulletin here. And join us again Tuesday at 6 pm and Thursday at 5 pm to chat, learn, and share so that you find your invitation to belong with God.