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Eucharist: Gathering - Whose Gathering?

Jesus said: “Where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am in the midst of them.” Matthew 18.20

When we gather in the Eucharist who is doing the gathering? On a simple level, the Church - calling all to come and share in this feast of love and welcome. On another level we bring ourselves, responding to the invitation to come and join in with the community of faith, to be a part of the family of God.  But at the deepest level we are called to Communion by God, and we share the celebration of the Eucharist as part of the people of God.

We are called to this community - it is the community of grace,the community of faith, the community of hope - the community of God.  It is God who has called us. It is God who is with us.  It is God’s people, the body of Christ, the community of the Spirit.  

Do not be afraid, for I have redeemed you. 
I have called you by your name; 
you are mine. 
When you walk through the waters, 
I’ll be with you; 
you will never sink beneath the waves. 
When the fire is burning all around you, 
you will never be consumed by the flames. 
When the fear of loneliness is looming, 
then remember I am at your side. 
When you dwell in the exile of a stranger, 
remember you are precious in my eyes. 
You are mine, O my child, 
I am your Father, 
and I love you with a perfect love.

Do not be afraid - Stopford