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COMMUNITY LIFE GUIDE “For that short time, when we gather as God’s guests at God’s table, the Church becomes what it is meant to be ­— a community of strangers who have become guests together and are listening together to the invitation of God.” - Rowan Williams “Every time you eat of the bread and drink from the cup, you do so in remembrance of me,” Jesus told His disciples, sharing bread and wine in the Upper Room on the night of His arrest. One might reasonably wonder precisely what it is we are to remember. The obvious answer is that each time we eat the bread and drink from the cup, we remember Christ’s sacrifice for us. This memory calls forth gratitude and hope for God’s provision of salvation for a sinful world. The other thing we are to remember is that Jesus

created community wherever he went. As Rowan Williams observes, communion helps us remember that Jesus wants our company. It doesn’t take long to figure out that to be in the company of Jesus means to be in the company of everyone else Jesus invites to be a guest at his table. In the church calendar, Maundy Thursday marks when we remember that intimate night of fellowship between Jesus and His disciples. Just as Jesus shared His table with His first disciples, He shares it with us here and now. This year for Maundy Thursday, we will offer our worship in a unique way and remember that the table creates a new community in which Christ is the center. To this end, we will gather for a potluck dinner in homes throughout Austin. The pastors and elders will serve communion, and we will connect as Christ’s community.

The Last Supper, Juan de Juanes, oil on panel, 45 × 75 in., 1560

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