1. Did you have a “family” meal in your house growing up? What was it and why was it a special meal? What stories or memories of that meal influence your family’s life today? Is that family meal something you continue to share with the next generation?

  2. Think about a great meal you have had recently. What made the meal so memorable? Who did you share it with?

  3. Sometimes what keeps us from “eating together” is that we think it takes too much work. What needs to change in your life so that you can be “devoted” to hospitality and eating together?

  4. How can you slow down your meals so you can catch up with one another, enjoy the food that has been made, and have good conversations with family and friends? How can you share meals and be filled with “great joy and generosity?”

  5. How can you celebrate God’s presence and blessing when you eat together with your family or when friends join you for a meal?

  6. Does it make sense that you get a taste of the Kingdom of God when you eat with your family or with friends and when you come to the Lord’s Table at church? How can eating a meal help you anticipate whet is to come when we get to heaven?

  7. Here are some potluck rules for eating together:

    • We all eat from the same table, all comers are welcome - Is everyone welcome at your table?

    • Potluck is a buffet. you don’t get to order what you eat. How can a laid back approach to entertaining help you welcome more people at your table?

    • All distinctions between guest and host are gone. We are both neither, we need more than we give, and receive more than we can give. How can you become a better host and guest?

  8. Find new ways to practice eating together

    • Invite someone to eat lunch after church

    • Have a group over for potluck dinner

    • Invite your neighbors for a BBQ

    • Take someone you don’t know very well to coffee with you

Additional Scripture:

Nehemiah 8: 1-12

Isaiah 25: 6-9

Matthew 25: 31-46

Luke 14: 15-23

1 Timothy 4: 4-5

Prayer - Jewish Table Blessing

Blessed are You LORD our God, King of the universe, who brings forth bread from the earth - who creates various kinds of sustenance - who creates the fruit of the vine - who creates the fruit of the tree - who creates the fruit of the Earth - and by whose word all things came to be. Blessed is the One of whose bounty we have eaten. Whose goodness is our lives. Praised be God and praised be God’s name!

Amen

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