It's not an often-used word, but in addition to The Lord's Supper and Holy Communion, Eucharist is another term that refers to our celebration at the Lord's table. The word comes from the New Testament Greek word, eucharistia, which means the giving of thanks.
What is it for which we are giving thanks at the table? And why does it matter so much? Who belongs at the table? And how often should I come?
I invite you to join me on this Sunday before the Thanksgiving holiday to reflect on the gift of the Eucharist. I'll be sharing a message that I hope will offer at least one new insight for each person present. I anticipate that you will find your appreciation deepened for this holy meal that we share as members of Christ's family. And I pray that your step will be quickened to come with joy when the invitation is extended and receive this tangible expression of God's great love for us through Jesus Christ.
Speaking of Thanksgiving, this Sunday is when we begin distributing baskets of food to families, which you have made possible through your generous offerings of food and cash donations over the last several weeks. We will offer a prayer over these baskets in worship at all three worship services. And if you haven't had a chance to contribute yet, you can still bring a turkey on Sunday and drop it off at the freezer truck located in the kitchen drive-through loop.