What’s Cooking ?

Have you noticed how some things may be better in theory than in reality ?

A new church was opened in the village, and its pastor used a new technique to try to entice members.

He planned to serve breakfast to prospective congregants before the Sunday morning church service.

This was unusual, since most churches may serve refreshments after the service.

My husband and I attended this new venture, since we like to be supportive of everyone in the village.

It was lovely to see the great care the church members had taken to feed each other. There were all kinds of goodies, and great fellowship.

However, eventually it was found that people had difficulty starting the church service on time, since everyone was so engrossed in breakfast conversation.

Ladies began to trade recipes, especially for muffins and sweets, and the church service started later each week.

The members who had prepared and cooked the food also seemed less attentive during the service, since they were tired from all the preparation, and they knew that they still had clean up duties ahead of them.

We returned to our home church after a while and we still wonder if the breakfasts are ongoing.

We liked this church, and we appreciated the ladies’ ‘Food Ministry’ of care, and love.The atmosphere contrasted with our home church, where members make a frantic rush to the door the minute the service ends.

There appears to be two types of churches, those where congregants like to break bread and socialize, and others where members pray and dash away.

May the Lord give us the grace to feed each other, with physical and spiritual food.

Photo by Joao Marcelo Martins

19 thoughts on “What’s Cooking ?

  1. We have a Rally Breakfast each fall at the start of the Sunday School year. We let the teach have the summer off. But we do it during the Sunday School hour so that people know they have an allotted time. It is a great fellowship hour for us and well received all through the church.

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  2. Your story reminds me of the account of the early church in Acts. “The people devoted themselves to the apostles teaching, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer.”

    It’s the prayer part that appears to be lacking in my congregation. Most of our petitions involve asking God to heal people who are sick. This is good, but there is so much more to pray regarding God’s kingdom work.

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    1. Yes, David. I agree, I also thought about the early church where everyone looked after each other.
      There are endless possibilities for prayer – God’s Kingdom work is expansive.
      Thanks for your comment. 🌷🤗

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  3. Churches nowadays are sadly about the individual member, rather than about the fellowship. Instead of being a sevice to God our Father it is often a service to people, not unlike a drive through! How we need to grow in the call to “love one another,” (John 13:34).

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  4. interesting post Sally. Thought provoking comments too. May God give grace to the shepherds who are lately under tremendous pressure to grow and build their flock but seem to be struggling in the area of feeding and nurturing them. We must unite and pray for strong, God led, God fearing leaders to rise up.

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