Originally scheduled for July 21
that they have ever been worth writing down, but there are a set of
rules concerning church potluck dinners.
is invited. It may be restricted to a group, but everybody in the
group is invited.
very nature, everyone contributes to a potluck dinner. This includes
those of us who are deadly in the kitchen — we bring potato chips.
all contribute, we don’t all bring the same thing. A potluck dinner
consisting of nothing but creamed spinach would be considered rather
not a prideful competition, but a humble sharing. At least, it
the reasons potluck dinners persist in churches is that they work.
They achieve good results, some of which are related to food.
basic purpose of the dinner — to feed people — is satisfied.
Usually, there is food left over. Grazing bachelors soon learn this
is an excellent source for au gratin potatoes.
who are newcomers to the church enjoy the hospitality. It helps them
grow closer to the church.
strengthens the bonds within the church. It does this by sharing —
you eat what they brought — and by contributing — they eat what you
also a good example of the differing gifts given by the Spirit to
the members of the church. Some are gifted at making excellent fried
chicken; others of us know where Col. Sanders sells his wares.
shared meal in the church is that of Communion.
“everybody” meal. We all partake, without respect to what our
spiritual gifts or position in the church might be. It’s not a
competition, it’s a cooperation.
potluck, this can be used to welcome newcomers into the fellowship.
When you take communion with us, you belong with us.
basic purpose of communion is to remember the atoning sacrifice of
Christ. This ties us together, but more importantly strengthens our
ties to Christ. We feed on his body and his blood, a shared meal and
a shared faith. In so doing we grow stronger as Christians, closer
together and closer to Christ.