WE ENJOY A MEAL

Each week the participants in the Mercy Community gather for a meal. Participants rotate as the meal leader, choosing an entrée and asking other participants to provide appetizers, salads, side dishes or desserts that complement his or her entrée choice.

Participants arrive at the host home at meal time – usually around 5:30 p.m. – bringing along their contributions. All food items are brought together and served buffet style.  And, voilà!  Dinner is served!

Why Is The Meal So Central in the life of the Mercy Community?

During the first three centuries that followed the life of Jesus – prior to the state influenced formalities of Christendom – the followers of Jesus gathered in homes around a common meal. Christians ate together to celebrate all that their relationship with Jesus meant to them. It also demonstrated their commitment to one another and the oneness of their mission together. In the process, they developed deep relationships around the normal rhythms of their daily lives. We believe the inclusive and intimate nature of a family meal had very deep meaning and value in the life of the early church and it is our hope to recapture that meaning and value for our life together as followers of Jesus (Derived from Tim Chester’s,  A Meal with Jesus).

The Community Meal is a Display of What We Believe

We live in a world of hunger, pain and want. As humans we long for intimacy, meaning, emotional fulfillment, consequential relationship and joy. Jesus expected that the Christian community would provide a picture of all the blessing coming in the Kingdom of God. We believe our community meals are a proclamation and demonstration of the good news of what IS and what WILL BE as humans again learn to live in regular relationship with God.

Celebration. Abundance. Service. Inclusion. Acceptance. Peace. Joy. Rest.  These are a few examples of what we experience in a meal together and a picture of what we look forward to experiencing in the coming Kingdom of God.

Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion – it is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ.

Billy Graham

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.

C. S. Lewis

If the wrongdoer has to do something to merit mercy, then it isn’t mercy.

Tim Keller

By judging others we blind ourselves to our own evil and to the grace which others are just as entitled to as we are.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The difference between humanity and all the rest of creation is that men and woman were made to relate directly with God.

Francis A. Schaeffer

Genuine spiritual knowledge lies in the union of the believer’s life with the truth of God.

Watchman Nee

I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me

Revelation 3:20

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