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Faith Stories: The Lord's Table

A couple years ago I worked with curriculum specialists at the Malawi Institute of Education in Zomba, Malawi, for a couple of weeks. A colleague there asked me if I was a Christian, and I said, yes–a Methodist. She told me she was of another Christian denomination and invited me to her church the following Sunday. I accepted, and we went together to her surprisingly traditional, large, beautiful red brick church with a steeple, wide doors and stained glass windows in the colonial capitol of Malawi.

The service was so familiar to ours that I felt right at home–until, that is, my friend leaned over and told me that in a few minutes, when they started preparing for communion, I would have to leave because I wasn’t a member of that denomination.

Sure enough, after a few minutes the preacher announced, “Those who need to leave should leave now.” I was surprised, but other cultures are always full of surprises, and I took it as a kind of “culture shock,” more interesting than upsetting.

As it turned out, I wasn’t the only one to leave–anyone receiving counseling from the preacher also had to leave. We the Undeserving went to the parking lot, and everyone except me left. I was alone by our car under a tree, where there was a delightful breeze. I listened to the prayers in preparation for communion, and heard the shuffle of people going to the altar. Then, at the conclusion, over a thousand Africans raised their voices and with all their hearts and souls sang “Amazing Grace.” Standing in that parking lot, I felt truly blessed.

Now, during our communion service, every time I hear the words that everyone is invited and this is not a Methodist table but the Lord’s Table, I remember, and I don’t take it for granted any longer.

Lynn Evans



Share Your Story of Faith!

The Witness committee is looking to record your experiences working with St. John’s ministries or other activities where you’ve experienced God’s presence. We’ll be collecting the stories and sharing them regularly via email, on our website and our newsletter as space allows. You can either send in a short story or just have a conversation with us and we’ll do the writing. Contact Kathy King (brcking10@gmail.com) for more information.


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