I’ve just finishing building a fire in the fire pit in our back garden, which I shall light shortly. It’s for the M13 older girls group, and the chairs, toasting forks and marshmallows are all in place to enable them to share a good time together.
Yesterday, I took the funeral of a gentleman in our parish who had no next of kin attending. To be honest, I was a bit concerned as to whether anyone would attend, as a service with no mourners makes for a particularly sad affair. However, I was really pleased to be joined by a group of four individuals who together with the man who had died, had spent many lunchtimes together in a cafe in Gorton. There was a bond strong enough there, to persuade them to make the journey across to Chorlton to pay their last respects. Again, it’s good to eat together.
This past lunchtime, over 50 or so folk ate together at the latest sitting of the lunchtime cafe we host in church. People from all walks of life, (from the Thursday fellowship group, to the hostel dwellers who are served by JustLife), all gathering under the one roof and sharing both time and food together. It’s good to share food together.
Fellowship comes in different forms, and I certainly believe that it is a gift of God that enables us to share together, learning from and sharing something of, the One in whose image we are all made. As we enter into the season of Pentecost, let us not forget that one of the aspect of the early church was that they:
….. continued together in close fellowship and shared their belongings with one another. They would sell their property and possessions, and distribute the money among all, according to what each one needed. Day after day they met as a group in the Temple, and they had their meals together in their homes, eating with glad and humble hearts, praising God, and enjoying the good will of all the people. (Acts 2.)
One of the results of such fellowship was that God added to their number. May we too be encouraged as a fellowship to commit more to one another day by day. I look forward to sharing Pentecost Sunday with you this coming Sunday.