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Weekly Words for the Journey

To My Beloved PBBC Community

We are God’s people and we come to this table
out of our separateness,
to enter into unity with one another
and with all those who seek the presence of Jesus Christ.
We come to this table hungry for hope and healing,
and we ask God to strengthen us in body, mind and spirit
to do Christ’s work of reconciliation in the world.
May the Holy Spirit make us one, even though we are many,
and may our hearts and minds be drawn into such communion
with God and with one another that we become
living signs of Christ’s love on this earth.
God has called us to be one, to live in unity and harmony,
and yet we are divided…race from race, nation from nation,
person from person, church from church, faith from faith.
We are divided rich from poor, old from young,
neighbor from neighbor, even as we gather at the Lord’s Table
and join with Christians throughout the world.
May God break down the walls that separate us.
May God tear down the fences of indifference and hatred,
and forgive the sins that divide us.
May God free us from pride and self-seeking,
overcome our prejudices and fears,
grant us courage to celebrate diversity
and to open ourselves to others,
and by the power of the Holy Spirit,
make us one!
(A Church Covenant we have used for World Communion Sunday at PBBC)

On Sunday, October 4th we will mark World Communion Day by sharing in our first communion meal since the pandemic started. We are grateful to Len Lun Niang and family for providing single-serve, self-contained cups of grace juice, complete with a wafer, to distribute among us.

Because we will still be worshipping from our homes, and listening to a recording of the service, we invite you to pick up these elements when you stop in at the church office over the next week or when you attend a Bridging the Gap gathering. Please let us know if you’d like us to help deliver them to you; you may also provide your own bread and juice there at home. Next week we will send the words of institution, a communion hymn, and our traditional church covenant.

In this way, we will eat, drink and remember…until we can safely be together again at the Table.
In the love and life of Christ, broken and poured out for you, Pastor Claudine