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Mennonites in the City of Lancaster, etc.

August 15th, 2010 by isaac · No Comments

If you’re interested, I wrote up a short reflection about my time with a Mennonite church in Lancaster, PA. Here’s an excerpt:

A crowd assembles along the sidewalk in front of East Chestnut Street Mennonite Church on a Monday evening. Pastor Ron Adams blesses the food, and hungry people file through the entryway and into the fellowship hall. The line passes by the kitchen, where a group from the church piles spaghetti, salad and bread on each plate. For 10 years this community meal has been a weekly rhythm in the life of the church. Tonight 150 people — including members of the church, homeless from the streets and hungry neighbors — will enjoy food and fellowship.

I follow the crowd through the food line and find a seat at one of the tables. A woman says she hasn’t seen me around before. I explain that I’m visiting from North Carolina, and she graciously lets me know where to find free evening meals. She and a few other people talk about which church prepares the most delicious food. It’s a tie between the Catholics and the Mennonites…

You can read the rest of it on the Mennonite Weekly Review website: Door open to the city

Also, in the recent issue of The Mennonite, I have a short reflection on fruit and faith, or something like that. Here’s a section from it:

The future of any garden lies with the seeds and the soil. When the fruit dies, the seeds are set free to produce new life. The secret to new life is in the compost, with the decomposing fruit, where the seeds of life abide. Compost shows us how fruit dies its way into the future.

Jesus, the fruit of Mary’s womb, dies his way into the future. With Christ, resurrected life is our future as well, a life that we die into. Not protected life. Not carefully planned life. Not predictable life. Not life as we know it. Not life as we want it. But resurrected life. Unexpected and surprising life. Miraculous life. A life that gives up all our plans, all our power plays and waits with Jesus on the cross, in weakness—a life that waits for resurrection. That’s our future.

Here’s a link to the rest of it: Fruit of the vine

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