In John’s Gospel, we hear the story of Jesus gathering with His friends and family to celebrate a wedding. It was important for Jesus to gather with those he loved to celebrate the milestones of life. We also hear in the Gospels how Jesus had meals with His friends – sacred holy times of gathering around a table sharing the mundane and the exceptional. We, as followers of Jesus, must do the same.
We celebrate together each week as we gather to hear the story of God and for the Eucharist. We share our common prayers, we engage in God’s Word, and we feast. Here at Trinity we value this shared time. That being said, we say that is not enough. We wish to gather together, praise God, and celebrate even more. To this end, the Community Life and Discipleship teams offers events throughout the year to bring together the generations. We celebrate milestones and accomplishments with parties for those who are 80+ years, or who have been married 50+years, or who graduate high school. We mark the seasons of the year with Mardi Gras, Epiphany, and Easter events. Our church picnic and fish dinners give us a chance to have meals together for no reason other than that we are called to be a family.
God created us to be in community with others, and to be in community with him. It is when we do these things we are able to enter more fully into the way in which God has called us to live. By celebrating together it brings us closer together. It gives us a base in which we can open ourselves up to relationship and to love. The writer of the book of Ecclesiastes says that there is “a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them….” At Trinity, we do these things together.