It was the first Sunday of October and the three churches around the square were preparing to celebrate the Lord’s Supper together. Tables were brought out and set up in the form of a cross, the communion elements were brought out from each sanctuary and all was made ready for the liturgy to begin. The Ten Commandments, the covenant given by God to Moses, are to be read this day. When these words are read, every Christian is reminded of their connection to the Old Testament and that we are all bound through this covenant. A review of the commandments helps us continue our journey toward understanding what is required of us to be followers of Christ. These commandments:
- Speak about honoring an Awesome God.
- Encourage the reader to find a place of rest and maintain the Sabbath day.
- Assert the rights of human beings to live in a community recognizing that human life is precious and that we are to honor each person.
Back at the park, the celebration goes on. While celebrating the Lord’s Supper we lift the names of those who have died during this past year. We gather amid a host of witnesses: those who have gone before us and those who will follow. Neighbors who live within two blocks of each other are for the first time coming to a table and breaking bread together. The community concerns are lifted in prayer and God begins to move among the people. In the midst of it all we hear “I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt. Out of the house of slavery, you shall have no other god before me.”