If you’ve been coming to church for any length of time, you’d know that we see being a part of morning tea as a really important part of church life. We constantly encourage people to stay back (or come early) to join us for morning tea.
But, have ever stopped to consider why this is so important. Perhaps if you understood why, you would be
more invested into this part of our Sunday services.
At one level, this seems like a silly question. Isn’t it obvious? Isn’t it what all churches do after any meeting? Isn’t it to provide some refreshments after (or before) a service… we all know how tiring services can be! Isn’t it so that we can have a chat to our friends and catch up on all the latest
The New Testament makes it clear that hospitality and eating together was part of the fabric of life in the early Church (Acts 2:42-46, 6:1-7, Rom 12:13, 1 Peter 4:9). We would love to challenge you to think differently about Morning Tea and to see it as an indispensable part of our weekly gathering.
Celebrating Being In God’s Family
Firstly, morning tea gives us the opportunity to build into our identity and unity as God’s family. Through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, we have all become God’s children and the New Testament often reminds us that we are brothers and sisters in Christ. We all know the power of eating and drinking together with family… it’s less about the food or the drink, and more about the deeper bonds of love and relationship that are formed in the process.
We encourage you to reach out beyond your friendship group, connect group, and the people you feel comfortable with – and extend yourself to meet and get to know other members of God’s family that are journeying with us at Parramatta Christian Church. It is truly a remarkable thing to see people from all nations, backgrounds and ages enjoying each other’s company and getting to know each other over morning tea. As Jesus reminds us in John 13:34-35, our love for one another is a powerful declaration of our commitment to following Him.
Spurring One Another
Secondly, morning tea gives us the opportunity to encourage and bless one another. While there is great power in singing together and hearing God’s word together, in our context as in many churches around the world, this is done standing/sitting ‘shoulder to shoulder’ – facing the front with little to no interaction with each other. The New Testament is full of ‘one another’ instructions where it would seem that our relationships also need to be ‘face to face’. As we saw in our series on Hebrews, ‘encouraging one another’ and ‘spurring one another on’ play a critical role in us remaining faithful to God, especially when things are
hard (Heb 3:13, 10:24-25).
PUTTING INTO PRACTICE…
We believe God is at work just as powerfully at Morning Tea as He is during the service as we lovingly listen to, encourage and pray for one another. We encourage you to slow down and take time to really listen to one other. We challenge you to move beyond the superficial and be genuinely interested in what is happening in the lives of others and what God may be prompting you to say and do to show His love, care and concern for each other. Morning Tea can be such a powerful moment when God uses you to bless and impact someone. Let’s make the most of it!