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).