Love Multiplies

| November 25th, 2023

Dear Beloved Community,

Happy belated Thanksgiving to you, dear ones! No matter what filled your table or who filled your home, I hope your time of fellowship and gratitude this week was full to the brim with God’s good gifts!

I read Kate Bowler’s “A Blessing For Around the Table” last week, and it’s held me ever since. My prayer for you is that your tables — this week and every week — be spaces where the Spirit nourishes and keeps you. And as she concludes, “may we taste and see that Love multiplies.”

a blessing for around the table

+ Kate Bowler

God, awaken us to the everyday miracle of a simple meal.
Whether it is take-out that took a phone call,
a recipe that took an entire afternoon,
or the cereal-for-dinner again feeling this meal creates,
bless it all.

So blessed are we, sharing a meal today.
May we recognize God’s goodness
in the thoughtful preparation,
in the delivering,
in the eating together,
savoring something that tastes like love.

May our time around the table be a gift.

May we be present to one another
engaging all our senses
as an act of thankful worship
to the nourishment that’s before us
with the people we love. Or are trying to.

God, bless the hands that prepared this,
those with us now,
and the ones we wish were.
Bless us, oh God.
in all of our eating and cooking and gathering and sharing,
our jokes, talking-with-our-mouths full,
and elbows on the table,
may we taste and see the love that multiplies.


Together in God’s work of Love,
Pastor Emily