For Everyone Born, a Place at the Table

By Aaron Pazan

A Place At the Table by Lori True

For everyone born, a place at the table
For everyone born, clean water and bread
A shelter, a space, a safe place for growing
For everyone born, a star overhead

And God will delight
When we are creators of justice and joy.
Yes, God will delight
When we are creators of justice,
Justice and joy.

For woman and man, a place at the table
Revising the roles, deciding the share
With wisdom and grace, dividing the power
For woman and man, a system that’s fair

And God will delight
When we are creators of justice and joy.
Yes, God will delight
When we are creators of justice,
Justice and joy.

For young and for old, a place at the table
A voice to be heard, a part in the song
The hands of a child in hands that are wrinkled
For young and for old, the right to belong

And God will delight
When we are creators of justice and joy.
Yes, God will delight
When we are creators of justice,
Justice and joy.

For just and unjust, a place at the table
Abuser, abused, with need to forgive
In anger, in hurt, a mindset of mercy
For just and unjust, a new way to live

And God will delight
When we are creators of justice and joy.
Yes, God will delight
When we are creators of justice,
Justice and joy.

For everyone born, a place at the table
To live without fear, and simply to be
To work, to speak out, to witness and worship
For everyone born, the right to be free
And God will delight
When we are creators of justice and joy.
Yes, God will delight
When we are creators of justice,
Justice and joy.

And God will delight
When we are creators of justice and joy.
Yes, God will delight
When we are creators of justice,
Justice and joy.

As Christians we take part in communion either weekly or monthly. The sacrament of eating the bread and drinking from the cup in remembrance of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

The United Methodist Church has an “Open Table” policy. This means that everyone is welcome to the table. And I mean everyone, not just the weekly church goers, but those belonging to different denominations, those who are a different sexuality then their own, those who have been hurt from other people, and those who don’t belong to a faith community. All means all, really. 

The United Methodist Church as a whole has been known to be unfavorable to the LGBTQI community. We declare ourselves to have “Open Hearts, Open Minds, and Open Doors”. But in reality its “Closed doors, Broken hearts, We mind”. As a person of faith who is heavily considering ordination in The United Methodist Church as a Deacon however, I personally would not be allowed to serve in various Annual Conferences and Jurisdictions based solely on my sexuality. I constantly ask myself why I stay in the church. One reason I stay is because if I don’t share my story no one will understand what harm the church has done for me. I stay because laity and clergy have told me I matter. I stay because my voice will make a difference for someone.

We are all God’s beloved children. 

The divine loves us just as we are. We do not have to change to be loved. We are met right where we our on are own faith journey. 

How are you willing to be creators of justice and joy so that we may have an open table for all? 

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