Pastors Page by Rev. Beckie Sweet

Friends on the Faith Journey:
Shirley Erena Murray has penned the lyrics to a hymn which beautifully
describes the Kingdom of God, the Church of Jesus Christ, and Kenmore
UMC’s desire to live into that vision. She writes:

For everyone born, a place at the table,
For everyone born, clean water and bread,
A shelter, a space, a safe place for growing,
For everyone born, a star overhead.
And God will delight when we are creators of justice and joy,
Compassion and peace,
Yes, God will delight when we are creators of justice,
Justice and joy!

There is so much about the way we share table fellowship that speaks of our desire to embody
Christ’s teachings about relationships with God and with one another. And one of the witnesses
which speaks most clearly, is our desire to make a place at the table for every person! The table
is a place and a metaphor for hospitality, nourishment, grace, and relational connections. That is
what we experience at the table of Christ’s grace each and every time we share Holy Communion.
That is what I pray people will experience as we set the table, invite all to join us at the table,
bless the table with provision, and extend the table for those who have yet to experience the full
extent of God’s love for us all.

Those are the themes of our worship during the month of October as, through our attention to stewardship, we endeavor to prepare a table at which God’s love in Christ may be effectively and generously shared. This table is the Kenmore United Methodist Church. At this table we all may
share the delight and the responsibility for equipping the saints for ministry and providing a space
for that ministry. Speaking of Saints, on All Saints Sunday in November, we will claim time to
remember and celebrate those who have gone before us in faith, and through their examples have
taught us much about how to live as Christ’s ambassadors. That celebration reminds us that we are
each called in this life to be ambassadors who equip individuals and communities for service in Christ’s name. Through the church, those efforts multiply and extend the table into the community and world. What a privilege to be a part of ministries which continue to regenerate and reach out to offer
faithful, loving influence to others.

Murray’s hymn concludes:

For everyone born, a place at the table,
To live without fear, and simply to be,
To work, to speak out, to witness and worship,
For everyone born, the right to be free.
And God will delight when we are creators of justice and joy,
Compassion and peace,
Yes, God will delight when we are creators of justice,
Justice and joy!

Come home! Come home to Kenmore UM Church.
There is always room for you and your loved ones in our circle of care.

~ Rev. Beckie Sweet

 



 

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