(originally appeared in a Rector’s Message in early July, 2010)
We’re getting ready for the annual parish picnic. I love picnics! Ours is going to begin at 11 AM this Sunday Morning—no 10 AM Eucharist—and it will be at Hills Creek Park in the pavilion just off the main parking area by the lake. We’ll have the celebration of the Eucharist first, and then the picnic. Guests are always welcomed.
Usually people bring their table service and a dish to pass.
The parish provides the hot dogs, buns, condiments, and beverages (soda pop and water).
Music is provided by members of the Good News-Goodtime Band. And we dine sumptuously after the abbreviated Eucharist.
I love parish picnics. They are a time of great fun, fellowship and enjoyment. They also remind me about the original version of the parish picnic—the generosity of God shown in the feeding of the five thousand on five loaves of bread and two fish. We’re reminded that the Eucharist itself is a meal in which we are fed and nourished in our souls for meeting the joys and challenges of life.
We’re also reminded how abundant our lives really are. (Our menu is a little more diversified than hardtack and anchovies!)
Come and enjoy the day. Give thanks to God for his great blessings that we enjoy. The blessings of nature will surround us. The blessings of the fellowship that we enjoy with our brothers and sisters in Jesus will encourage us. The blessings that we enjoy as citizens of these United States include that we can gather and worship and give thanks for that good heritage that is ours. So, give thanks with grateful hearts, and enjoy the picnic!