Context matters. Often in the Church we borrow political labels like "conservative" or "liberal" when we discuss theology. And often, sadly, our divisions do mirror the political world we live in. But at the center of our life together as Episcopalians gathered in Indianapolis is the Holy Eucharist. We gather every single day at 9:30 a.m. to break bread together. Today we had a full festival Sunday Eucharist at which we sang the following words at one point:
We the Lord's people, heart and voice unitingContext matters. We don't agree on everything. But we gather as God's people, we share something even better than a beer together: bread that is blessed, broken and given; wine freely poured - Christ's own life imparting, food everlasting. Everything else flows from that.
praise him who called us out of sin and darkness
into his own light,
that he might annoint us a royal priesthood.
This is the Lord's house, home of all his people,
school for the faithful, refuge for the sinner,
rest for the pilgrim, haven for the weary,
all find a welcome.
This is the Lord's day, day of God's own making,
day of creation, day of resurrection,
day of the Spirit, sign of heaven's banquet,
day for rejoicing.
In the Lord's service bread and wine are offered,
that Christ may take them, bless them,
break and given them, to all his people,
his own life imparting, food everlasting.