We live in a world that never stops and is always on the go: family obligations, work, soccer games, dance recitals, smart phones, video games... you get the point. As followers of Jesus, we are also easily distracted by the things that battle for our attention, even really good things. But as Jesus' followers, we have been commissioned to do two things really well: love God and love people (Matthew 22:37-40). We believe that these are two sides of the same coin, meaning, we faithfully love God when we commit to love people (1 John 4:7-12).
A family gathering is a place where those of us meet to live this out. Specifically, family gatherings are settings where we sit in the presence of Jesus together, participating in a eucharistic meal, inviting each other to participate in the peace and reconciliation of the gospel, in order to be fully mature followers of Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:16-21; Colossians 1:21-23, 28).
These twice a month gatherings are always family environments, meaning children are always welcome and encouraged to participate. In unity, we gather around what has historically been called the Eucharist, or the Lord's Table (Luke 22). The Greek verb eucharisteo means "to give thanks," therefore we sit for a eucharistic meal thanking Jesus for his sacrifice on the cross and invite him to be present among us.
As we eat together we submit to each other by listening to each other's story, experiencing the pain and celebrating the joy of every day life. Free from distraction, we seek to follow the leading of the Spirit.
After the meal, we gather to discuss how we might grow in our understanding of who Jesus is and how he desires us to live faithfully in this world.
As we sit at the table together, we invite the Spirit to lead and move in the life of the gathering. Our role is to listen and submit to each other as the Spirit moves. No one person is the "leader," rather all are attentive and submissive to the other in order to learn and grow together (Luke 22:25-29; Ephesians 5:21; Hebrews 13:1).
Our desire is not to judge, counsel, or convert but rather to love, serve, and silence our egos in order to truly listen and understand our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ and experience the movement of the Spirit (Luke 10:38-42).
Our posture at the table, and amongst each other is one of receiving and thankfulness (Luke 22:17, 19; Colossians 3:17; Hebrews 12:28).
All who participate in a family gathering should expect to experience equality, forgiveness, reconciliation, and renewal. These experiences are then extended into the world as we seek to impact our culture with the radical love of Jesus' kingdom (Romans 5:9-11).
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