They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread
and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the
apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and
possessions to give to anyone in need. Everyday they continued to meet in the temple courts.
They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God
and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added daily those who were being saved.

Acts 2:42-47
 

Due to the nature of my job I find myself in coffeeshops quite often. In case you are wondering
Lethbridge has many tasty places call me up sometime and we can go. But as I sit in these
places and drink coffee I think about how there are some similarities between coffeeshops and
church.


No there is not singing or a sermon at a coffeeshop but it’s the people. People from all walks of
life. There are those that are young and old. Those that are poor others that are rich. Many
races and nationalities. It is an amazing collection of people. And each one has a story. I watch
tables fill up and hear friends sharing about their vacation over lunch, or see the tears of pain as
a mother talks to her daughter about a nasty addiction. Whether it’s joyful or tearful I see people
sharing a meal and sharing stories.


We see a similar model here in Acts as the writer describes the early church. There were many
from different backgrounds yet they came together to break bread and share in the goodness of
God. We see words like glad and sincere, these words convey this was a happy place to be.
How about here? Does our church look like this? I would venture to say, yes, exactly no, but in
some ways, yes we do. We come from all walks of life. Some of us are young. Some of us are
old. Some have lots. Some have little. Yet each of us brings a unique story. But that’s just the
first part. We need to share with others. And not just share our story. But share God’s story. The
story of his love and grace, the story of Jesus’ resurrection to defeat sin and death. And maybe
we can share with others that aren’t like us.


In a few short weeks we have the opportunity to come together young and old, rich and poor,
and whatever else defines us to look at the promises of God in the Bible. This event is called
Gather and is an inter generational event, meaning all ages are welcome. We will share a meal
and share stories about God’s goodness in our lives. We each come with our own stories and
what an opportunity to share with someone we may not always be inclined to share with. So I
encourage you to come on Sunday September 17 at 6pm to Gather for a meal and time of
sharing, and yes there will be coffee!


Reminder: Remember that map? What friends or neighbours could you bring to Gather? Invite
one person this week.


Read


Take some time this week to read the following passages from scripture.
Friday: Acts 4:32-36
Saturday: Galatians 1:11-24
Sunday: Ephesians 2:11-22
Monday: Philippians 4:1-8
Tuesday: 1 John 7:7-21
Wednesday: Psalm 24
Thursday: Haggai 1