The Tradition of 愛餐会

愛餐会 – Love meal meeting).

“So then, my brothers and sisters, when you gather to eat, you should all eat together.” (1 Corinthians 11:33 NIV)

rs8187_jp061-0118-scrI remember when I first experienced life in the Japanese church in 1999. I was a college student and though I had accepted Christ in the 8th grade, I had not read the Bible on my own outside what was covered in sermons or Bible Studies, so I knew little about Acts and the early churches.

2017 Brittany Blog post Aisankai food (1 of 1)-3.jpgOnly after my first service in Japan when tables were set-up and lunch prepared did I learn that the early churches had a tradition of eating together. A biblical tradition continued by the majority of churches in Japan, with a 愛餐会 (lit: ‘love meal meeting’) after services on Sundays.

2017 Brittany Blog post Aisankai (5 of 7).jpgI know that for many larger American churches the idea let alone logistics of ‘feeding’ a whole congregation after a service is ‘impossible’. However if you have ever experienced life in a church that eats together every week, you know the power in such a tradition.

2017 Brittany Blog post Aisankai (7 of 7).jpgGod is present as members work together to prepare, serve, setup, and then clean up the meal. God is present as members literally break bread together while discussing the sermon, the day, the week ahead, and life in general. God is present as walls are broken, masks are taken off, and strangers become family all in the name of obedience, servanthood, and love.

2017 Brittany Blog post Aisankai food (1 of 1).jpgEvery day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” (Acts 2:46-47 NIV)

 

Written by Brittney.

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4 thoughts on “The Tradition of 愛餐会

  1. I recently started attending a Japanese Church in America and it was such a surprise to see that there was a meal after service and even Bible Study! It’s such a beautiful experience, and a blessing to me since I’ve never experienced much of the typical family life. I thank the Lord for the family that I have in the Body of Christ.

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  2. I experienced this at a church in Sendai. I didn’t speak a word of Japanese but I started cleaning up dishes afterward and by the end of my year there I had a new church family. Eating with people seems break down all kinds of barriers

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