By Tracey Leslie
Scripture: Luke 14: 1; 7-14
At the first church Britt and I pastored after seminary, during our first Lent with them, we announced we would celebrate Holy Communion on Easter Sunday. An older gentleman on the church board – already displeased with his new young pastors – became visibly angry and agitated. “You can’t celebrate communion on Easter. Communion is about Jesus’ death.”
It is true that on the final night before his crucifixion, Jesus ate a special meal with his disciples; one we often refer to as The Last Supper. And we do reference that Last Supper every time we celebrate communion. Before we take the bread and cup, I recite the words: “On the night in which Jesus gave himself up for us…” But that Last Supper is “last” because it was a culmination of all the meals our gospels recount. Meals are so important in our gospels. In fact, the only miracle all four of our biblical gospels share in common is the feeding of the five thousand. Meals are a theme especially within the gospel of Luke. Luke mentions 19 meals and 13 of those are peculiar to his gospel.
By Tracey Leslie
Scripture: Luke 13: 10-17
When I was very young, stores were not open on Sundays, the Christian Sabbath. In fact, beyond church and a big lunch, very little happened on Sunday… leaving me, as a little girl, dreadfully bored and convinced that Sabbath was the worst day of the week.
By Suzanne Clemenz
Scripture: Hebrews 11:29-12:3
We are a society that loves our races, don’t we? Here in Greater Lafayette, there is no shortage of opportunities to run or walk a 5K. For the more fit and adventurous, there are 10Ks, mini marathons, marathons and triathlons. Some of us got our start participating in track or cross country in school, but local races are open to any of us at every fitness level. Just a few weeks ago I volunteered at Jeff High School’s annual Band on the Run 5K, a fundraiser for the Jeff band programs. I bet some of you have participated in the annual fall Hunger Hike along the river, raising funds for Lafayette Urban Ministry. A few years ago, our local schools started a Cupcake Run, scheduling it on a Sunday morning, of all times! Maybe some of you have done the Columbian Park Zoo Run Run or the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot.
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