Come & Dine

Come & Dine

My church has a theme song that speaks to me.  My pastor, whom we affectionately refer to as simply’ Preacher’ leads the song every Sunday.  Sometimes he humorously rewrites the words to reflect a holiday or situation, but every Sunday the chorus remains the same as the congregation chimes in.

Come & dine, the Master calleth, come and dine.
You may feast at Jesus table all the time.
He who fed the multitude, turned the water into wine,
To the hungry calleth now, “Come and Dine.”

One Sunday, a 40ish year old man stepped out of the choir to stand beside Preacher during this song time.  His name is Billy, and he has Down’s Syndrome.  Preacher handled this unexpected turn of events with his usual grace.  From that Sunday forward, we were treated to the Preacher and Billy show. 

As the music for Come and Dine begins, Billy comes forward to take his place beside Preacher.  Between verses, the music quiets, and Preacher asks Billy about some aspect of his week or comments on Billy’s suit. He is always dressed in his Sunday best.  We never know just how Billy is going to respond, but the results are often hysterical. 

On really special Sundays, we are treated with the additional presence of a young man named Bo.  He is Preacher’s grandson, and he, too, has Down’s Syndrome. 

When Bo was born, his condition came as a shock to the family, but out of their grief and healing, the Lord has given our whole church a special heart for the developmentally challenged.   We have witnessed these young men as believers in Christ with an ever present child-like faith.  It is sweet to behold.

Since Bo loves pasta, I am posting my Spaghetti sauce recipe today.  I never make it without remembering the time that Bo ate THREE HELPINGS!  When we sing Come and Dine, we mean it!

Confectionately Yours,



1 lb. ground beef
1 envelope McCormick spaghetti sauce mix
1/2 c. onions, chopped
1 (16-oz.) can tomatoes, diced

1 large jar, Prego-Traditional flavor
water, if needed, to thin sauce

Brown ground beef and onions, Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 20minutes. This is my all purpose pasta sauce for spaghetti, lasagna, stuffed pasta shells, etc. Substitute tomato sauce for the canned tomatoes if you don’t like a chunky sauce.