The volunteers begin eating together before the food pantry and that is when deeper community forms. When have you experienced a deepening of community through a shared meal?
The volunteers that came to the pantry started with a need for food but then realized they also had a need to volunteer, a need for community. "They wanted, in fact church: not the kind where you sit obediently and listen to someone tell you how to behave but the kind where you discover responsibility, purpose, meaning. They wanted a church where they could bring their sorrows, their gifts, their entire messy lives: where they could find community." page 214
What do you need?
Sara has a crisis of faith, which she recognizes as common to converts but still difficult. She finds that "Doing the Gospel rather than just quoting it was the best way I could find out what God was up to." page 265 How do we do the gospel? How do you prefer to find out what God is up to?
A the end of the book Sara imagines the eternity as a family meal, one where people from her whole life are present. How do you imagine life everlasting with God?
Thank you for reading along. If you would like to discuss this book in person we will be meeting after worship (11:30) next Sunday March 3, 2019 to talk about the book. All are welcome.
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