John Mark Hicks, Come to the Table: Revisioning the Lord’s Supper , explores themes of the Eucharist in such a fresh manner.
The Table of the Lord is a Table of hope and a Table of Joy. There is a proper sacred context for the Table, but sacred too easily morphs into the morbid.
That is, for many the Table evokes the somber tones of Good Friday instead of the glorious news of Easter. For many the Table is about Holy Saturday — the in between times — instead of the glorious good news of the gospel.
The Table, if it is about God’s grace and God’s forgiveness, should evoke joy and hope. Passover itself was the day the Jews celebrated liberation and looked forward to liberation, It was fundamentally about joy and hope.