Posted: Jun 23

Coffee Hour and Our Baptismal Covenant

By Angela Emerson

angie-juneblog---copy.jpgI am rethinking coffee hour once again, this time from a broader perspective.  Last August I reflected on a coffee hour that was based on economic justice as well as stewardship of our bodies.  My reflection now is about the relationship between coffee hour and our Baptismal Covenant

Will you continue in the apostle’s teaching and fellowship, the breaking of bread, and in the prayers?

Coffee hour is” eucharistic” in that we break bread together, enjoy fellowship, and give thanks for our blessings.  What would happen if we became more aware and intentional about the ways in which coffee hour allows us an opportunity to live into our Baptismal Vows?

Will you persevere in resisting evil, and whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?

Harmful human behavior is causing the disappearance of the beautiful coral reefs around the world.  Coffee hour is a beginning point for changing our destructive behavior and honoring our role as stewards of God’s world.  Reduce, Reuse, Recycle for Committed Creation Care.

Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?

When we prepare food for coffee hour we are preparing food for the temple.  Our very bodies are temples in which God dwells.  Are we honoring God with the food choices we make... donuts and sweets rather than healthy nutritious food.

Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons loving your neighbor as yourself?

Who is my neighbor? Can we conceive of our fellowship time with its Eucharistic overtones as a time to serve neighbor’s in need? Or welcome and meet those who use our space during the week? Can we honor local farmers by purchasing their products for our meal together?

Will you strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being?

Can we refuse to purchase fair trade foods and believe that we are respecting the dignity of the people who grow the food?

As St. Paul says in Corinthians “We are stewards of the manifold grace of God.”   Let’s infuse coffee hour with God’s grace and make it a living and dynamic example of what it means to live out our baptismal vows.