“dinner at Levi’s house” (Mark 2:15-17 lectio)

March 28, 2003

[People around food, smiling & lifting their drinks to the camera]Mark 2:15-17 lectio: dinner at Levi's house. There's something fundamentally social about eating together. Conversation flows with no agenda to it. The reason my co-workers have become my friends is because we have lunch together almost every workday.

At our previous church, there used to be a culture of going out for lunch after the service; I was invited out on my very first visit to the church. This is something Kay & I are trying to cultivate at City Vineyard. This will become more important when we start a new home group.

In our isolationist culture, going to somebody's house — even for a meal — is a stretch unless you are already comfortable with them. But it's not hard to eat together in neutral territory — be it a neighborhood block party, or a restaurant. (And it's been way too long since we've had a block party. Ah, Easter is coming up, we should organize an egg hunt!)

++ Jesus, increase our fellowship with those around us. Help us to share food, laughter and Life together. ++

Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.