God is great and God is good
And we thank him for our food.
By his hands we all are fed.
Give us, Lord, our daily bread. Amen.
This was the grace I knew as I was growing up. Every night as my family gathered at the table, we would recite this prayer before eating supper.
One night I was invited to stay for dinner at my friend Steve's house. As they prepared to eat they bowed their heads to pray. Then they said:
Come, Lord Jesus, be our guest
And may these gifts to us be blessed. Amen.
“What is this?!” I thought. “This can't be grace!” For me, grace could only be “God is great….” I was not very patient in discovering that every family has their own traditions. But Steve's family was a lot of fun and they always had good food, so I learned to pray a new way.
I am honored to be invited to your house as your new pastor. I look forward to living the Gospel and sharing the Lord's Supper with you. Together we will discover each other and find new ways to live together in the Calvary household of faith.
May the Spirit guide us as family with abounding opportunities for ministry and, of course, good food and fellowship. And may Grace abound.
Peace be with you,