Grace Notes in the Desert

Grace Notes in the Desert is written for the saints of Rio Grande Presbyterian Church and the surrounding community.

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Grace Notes acknowledges we need God's grace and forgivness as much as the desert water.



When Jesus celebrated his last supper on earth, he must have said a version of the words of the Hebrew Berakhah or Blessing:

Blessed are You, O Lord , our God, who feeds the whole world with your goodness, grace, loving kindness, and with your mercy. Blessed are you…who nourish and sustain all living things…Blessed are You, O Lord, who gives food to all.”

John Giuliani, Benedictine priest, summed up that holy meal this way:
Bless our hearts, O Lord, to hear in the breaking of bread the song of the universe.”

October 5th is World Communion Sunday when we remember how our Lord freely gave his life for love of us, and all who trust in Him; and through that costly gift, nourishes, feeds, and sustains us as His church and as His people.

But, what about us? Are we feeding one another with the robust, good grain of God, and the hearty, wholesome bread of Christ that strengthens, challenges, inspires, renews? Or, are we serving something less? It’s a good question for every church to ask.

Autumn in New Mexican brings to mind green chili roasting and bright hot air balloons ascending, as well as visitors who will attend our churches, some for the first time. May everyone who joins us feel nourished, fed, sustained and blessed; and may each one of us, fed at our Lord’s table, become living bread to one another and all whom we meet!

Yours in Christ’s Service,
A Pastor in the Desert