Accidental Communion

I didn’t want to go to Communion this past Sunday.  Just didn’t want to.  Since I was on the schedule to lead the Teen Service, I ducked into the Little Sanctuary fully planning on ditching when the group left to join in the celebration of the Eucharist in the church.  I read the lessons for the day and thought over how to launch the “Homily by Group.”

As I’m staring off into space thinking about how Luke tries my patience, I hear a very familiar pattern of footsteps.  Matthew walks past my office into his about twenty-five times a day, every day.  I could pick those footfalls out of a lineup.  Just my luck; this is the Sunday on which we are joined by a priest and we have our own celebration of the Eucharist. Ditching will be impossible.

The homily sparked a better discussion than I had imagined, and the combination of Eucharistic Prayer C and time around the altar with people I have truly come to care for made the urge to ditch slowly evaporate.  In the end I was glad.

Sometimes when I’m not seeking God– when I’m avoiding him on purpose–I run right smack into him.


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St. Alban's Parish is a vibrant and diverse Episcopal Church in Washington, DC near the National Cathedral. We come from every walk of life, every culture and context, and every corner of this region. St. Alban's Parish is active in the city, engaging social issues, and making the reconciling love of Christ known in word and deed. We have ministries for children, youth, young adults, adults, and the elderly. We have outreach programs that address homelessness, poverty, the environment, and hunger. We believe in being open and inclusive to all people no matter disability, age, income, gender, race, or sexual orientation. We welcome the faithful, the seeker, and the doubter, because God's embrace is wide, and God's good news is for all people. We want you to come, participate, grow in God's love, and become a part of the Body of Christ at St. Alban's!
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1 Response to Accidental Communion

  1. Bob Witten says:

    That is a GREAT Daily Cup!! Thank you!

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