Listening to and sharing new songs and artists is something that I love to do, so I thought a blog would be a great place to continue that. About a month ago I came across a song called “Come to the Table” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfKVe4-j48w). It was late at night, I couldn’t sleep and I had some worship music on, and this song came on – tears were definitely present!! Once it was over, I had to look up the lyrics and I just sat there in awe at how beautiful the lyrics were. And me being me, I just had to share it, so it made it’s way around whatsapp and email pretty fast to a few people in Ignite!
Come to the table,
from near and far
Come from the shadows, come out of the dark
There’s room at the table, we saved you a seat
Come to the banquet, come join in the feast
From going to a Catholic school, going to the occasional mass and ’making’ my ‘First Holy Communion’, Communion was a very normal, (kinda gross and stale) thing I felt like I had to do because everyone around me was (this comically makes it sound like communion was a form of peer pressure – which it definitely wasn’t!).
As I got older, and really got to know who Jesus was, communion became much more of a bigger deal – I was responding and celebrating what He did for me. He didn’t just die because He loves us, He died because He loves us and is our rescuer. And that is for us all – it’s not just for the rich, the perfect, the Irish, the put together, the leaders. It’s the poor, the broken, the hopeless and every nation.
Last Summer I was at a Christian worship festival called Open Skies. On the Sunday morning there was a space and an opportunity to share in communion together. Beforehand the speaker said these poignent words that have stuck with me ever since, “If you have ever felt excluded from or not invited to take part in communion or sit at the Table, that’s not a Table of God but a Table of the Church. We don’t get to decide the guest list – that’s God’s job”. This song sums that up perfectly. We are all invited and called to the Table to join in celebration for what Jesus has done for us, no matter who and what we are. We are often taught these things in church but sometimes it’s only when it’s simply and beautifully put in front of us, that it hits the hardest –
“Communion celebrates the Gospel: Jesus was broken for us so that we can be fixed by Him”