by Julie Morris
Every Now and Then There is a New Creation…
The best I can tell, it started at our weekly celebration of Holy Eucharist. A small group of us gathered, again, in the big hall on campus. One member of our group looked anxiously at our fledgling campus ministry and asked, “Are we doing enough?” At the prayers of the people someone offered a prayer, “God, thank you for the gift of this group. We love each other and find you here. If there is something more you want us to do, please let us know.” Within months, our conversations about Jesus’ ministry around meals, our realization that the Gospel is truly about feeding people, our excitement to hear about Sarah Nolan’s (our Lay Chaplain) other part-time job at an organic farm, and the recognition that within our own group we had access to resources like land, labor and passion ignited into the Abundant Table Farm Project.
The principle of God’s abundance that I see in this ministry is this: God provides for God’s work. The Holy Spirit keeps blowing, and wherever she takes us, she provides, usually before we ask: energy (thank you young adults who love to work the land!); money (thank you local parishes, Trinity Wall Street, our Bishops, and individuals who support us!); and leadership (thank you Board Members with gifts for Administration!). The work is hard but it is sustained through joy, community, God’s surprising presence (like dolphins leaping in the Pacific Ocean as one of our members was baptized), and the most delicious pot-lucks ever at our Sunday evening House Church. On the third Sunday of Easter, Reyna (one of our lead farmers) preached in her native Spanish at the edge of our rows of beautiful spring vegetables. She said, “Jesus is standing with his arms wide open in our field saying, ‘Come and eat.’”
The Rev. Julie Morris is one of the founders of the Abundant Table. She serves on their Board of Directors.