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No Table Gathering July 4/5

capt usaThe Table will not be gathering this weekend. Enjoy the holiday weekend with neighbors and friends. We will see you back at the library for worship on July 10th.

Happy Independence Day!

Servant Song #4 – Isaiah 52:13-53:12

220px-IsaiahI would like to talk about belief. As you well know there are things, truths, and issues that some folks believe, that others do not. To those who believe these things they are obvious. To those who do not, what is obvious is missed, b/c of neglect or choice. For someone who holds a given position, the nature and reason for the position is obvious, but can be missed by others.

To illustrate this, I was reminded of a story about Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. The story goes that they went on a camping trip. And after a good meal and a bottle of wine, they lay down for the night, and went to sleep. Some hours later, Holmes awoke and nudged his faithful friend. He said: Watson, look up at the sky and tell me what you see. Watson replied: I see millions and millions of stars. What does that tell you, Holmes asked. Watson pondered for a minute, and eventually said: Astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is in Leo. Horologically, I deduce that the time is approximately a quarter past three. Theologically, I can see that God is all-powerful and that we are small and insignificant. Meteorologically, I suspect that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. What does it tell you, Holmes? Holmes was silent for a minute, then said: Watson, it should be obvious -Somebody has stolen our tent!

For someone who holds a given position, the nature and reason for the belief is obvious, but may be missed by someone else. As believers in JC, His actions on the cross are obvious to us. But for an unbeliever, His actions seem unnecessary and impotent.

This is our final week of celebrating the season of Pentecost. After Pentecost we fall into a season on the church calendar called: Ordinary Time. This season of Pentecost we have been examining the Songs of the Servant in Isaiah. Pentecost is a season that celebrates: Gods Renewal, Gods Faithfulness, Gods empowerment via the HS, And Gods mission. Belief in the mission of JC and the outpouring of the HS is obvious to those who celebrate Pentecost. b/c of the sacrifice and resurrected life of JC, we are now blessed w/ the HS so that we might join the Father in fellowship and mission. But the problem is that JC was rejected by His own people. And if we are honest w/ ourselves, like Israel, we live like the His sacrifice was unnecessary and impotent.

 

Text

I would like to close out our Pentecost study by looking at the 4th Servant Song, found in Isaiah 52:13-53:12. So grab a Bible and turn to Isaiah 52:13. Like the other servant songs, here we see rich images and insight into messiah. In this fourth servant song we see greater detail of the servants suffering and vindication.[1] After God exults the servant, Israel acknowledges the servants work. They finally realize what was obvious all along. They had been living like the servants sacrifice was unnecessary and impotent. So, the Question I want to ask the text is: Why did Israel reject the servant? And, likewise, why do we? If I were to outline Isaiah 52:13-53:12, I would break it into 3 parts:

  1. 52:13-15 –The Honoring of the Servant
  2. 53:1-9 – The Confession of Israel
  3. 53:10-13 – The Promise for the Servant

So w/ that question and outline in mind, lets read Isaiah 52:13-53:12, in parts.

1st, we will look at Isaiah 52:13-15, The Honoring of the Servant:

13- See, my servant will act wisely; he will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted. 14 Just as there were many who were appalled at him -his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any human being and his form marred beyond human likeness- 15 so he will sprinkle many nations, and kings will shut their mouths because of him. For what they were not told, they will see, and what they have not heard, they will understand.

Here we see that God is speaking of the servant. God is Declaring Honor to the Servant. This comes as a shock. No one would have guessed that Gods chosen servant would have endured such humiliation. And so, nations and kings are amazed that such a sad example would be brought to glorious exaltation.[2] This arrogance is met w/ a surprise of humility. Now what was missed is obvious and the ramifications are sinking in. They realize the true, divine nature of the servant.

And so in the next section, Isaiah 53:1-9, we see a Confession and Acknowledgment by Israel:

1 -Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? 2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. 3 He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. 4 Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. 6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. 8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away. Yet who of his generation protested? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was punished. 9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.

What a picture of our saviors suffering! Here Israel realizes what was obvious all along. They had not expected Gods servant to undergo such pain, so they disregarded Him. But now in His exalted state, they know His suffering was necessary for their own redemption. Here Israel confesses its former unbelief and acknowledged the power of the servants work. They confess that they never had considered such a thing possible for they had not accepted Gods power revealed through the servant. They regarded him as insignificant and interpreted his intense sufferings as a sign of Gods divine displeasure. But Now in His glory, they are forced to reevaluate their former opinion. As one commentator says, they realize that the servants suffering was due to their sins and for their ultimate benefit.[3] As the NLT says in v. 5: He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. Relief was given for our rebellion. Peace was given instead of punishment. Healing was given instead of wounding. He was innocent of wrongdoing, yet he silently endured oppressive treatment and a humiliating death. Israel realizes its sin, confesses, and acknowledges what was obvious all along.

Lastly, lets look at Isaiah 53:10-13 – The Promise for the Servant:

10 Yet it was the Lords will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand. 11 After he has suffered, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

It is hear that we see the vindication of the servant. One scholar said, the song ends as it began, with the Lord Himself declaring His pleasure with the servant.[4] B/c the servant submitted to suffering for the sake of Israel, He is now able to redeem many, and finds His reward.

The Good News I see in this entire passage is that b/c of the servant, we are healed and whole. He was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. b/c of the servant, we are healed and whole. This is good news.

 

Today

So why do we reject the servant? Why do we live as if His work was unnecessary and impotent? There was a brief article in the magazine, Psychology Today, that may speak to this. A psychology professor writes about a day she had on campus. She says: A few months ago, I was rushing across campus worried that I would be late for teaching a class. I wanted to check the time, but my phone was buried in my backpack, and I was carrying too many books to get my arm in a position to see my watch. Just then, the bells in the campus bell tower chimed, and I relaxed. It was 15 minutes before the hour. As a gesture of appreciation, I looked up at the bell tower and saw its clock face. There was the time staring right back at me. I had been teaching at the college for 21 years, yet this was the first time I realized that I could tell the time on campus simply by looking up. This professor then asks: Was I uncommonly unobservant? She says: curious, I asked my colleagues and students if they knew of a way to tell the time while outside on campus without checking their phone or watch. Few mentioned the bell towers clock, and many laughed with surprise when I pointed it out. Our bell tower was built in 1897 and is located right in the center of the campus. I bet most students consulted its clock 100 years ago, but few do today. Have we become so wed to our personal devices that we have forgotten how to observe the obvious external cues around us?[5]

I would argue that in the face of what has become normal to us, we miss the obvious. In the face of busy schedules we forget the clear, simple blessing of sitting and resting in Gods grace. In the face of anxieties of the future we forget the obvious peace of knowing we live in Gods provision. We miss what is obvious.

The Good News is that b/c of servant, we are healed and whole. b/c of the servants suffering, we and He are exalted. And now we can live in peace, even in the face of our challenges. Easier said than done, right?

Consider something that is weighing on you today and this season, something that occupies your thoughts. It could be a family issue, a job situation, or the fact that you have to wait until Xmas to see the new Star Wars movie. Consider something that is weighing on you, and listen again to Isaiah 53:5, and see how that thing on your mind responds to Gods word. In the ESV it says: But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. His punishment brought us peace. The word peace here is a Hebrew word you know: Shalom. In the face of your challenges, the thing on your mind, Gods servant brings Shalom. A simple definition of Shalom is peace, but it has many nuances. In the face of the things that weigh upon your mind the Lord brings: Completeness, Safety, Health, Prosperity, Quiet, Contentment, Friendship, Completeness. [6] He brings Rescue and Safeness.[7] As Isaiah 9:6 says, the servant Messiah is the Prince of Shalom, brining all these things. How does that thing that is weighing on you respond to God word and message of Shalom?

Being in the thick of challenges, we neglect the obvious. We end up living as if the servants sacrifice was unnecessary and impotent. But regardless of our feelings or lack of observation, the good news is that b/c of the servant we are healed and made whole. Whether on this side of heaven or the next, we find relief. The Prince of Peace fulfills His mission. So as you face that thing that is weighing on you, may the servant bring you His peace. And may we, in the face of so much, rest in His peace.

Amen.

 

[1] Chisholm, R. B. (1998). The Major Prophets. In D. S. Dockery (Ed.), Holman concise Bible commentary (p. 287). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

[2] Chisholm, R. B. (1998). The Major Prophets. In D. S. Dockery (Ed.), Holman concise Bible commentary (p. 287). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

[3] Chisholm, R. B. (1998). The Major Prophets. In D. S. Dockery (Ed.), Holman concise Bible commentary (p. 287). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

[4] Chisholm, R. B. (1998). The Major Prophets. In D. S. Dockery (Ed.), Holman concise Bible commentary (p. 287). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

[5] https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/eyes-the-brain/201402/overlooking-the-obvious

[6] Strong, J. (2001). Enhanced Strong’s Lexicon. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[7] Swanson, J. (1997). Dictionary of Biblical Languages with Semantic Domains : Hebrew (Old Testament) (electronic ed.). Oak Harbor: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

Table Blessing, Saturday / Table Worship, Sunday

religionThis Saturday, join The Table as we Bless our neighbors. We will be blessing a senior neighbor who needs help around his house (cleaning, organizing, etc.) We will meet at 11am at Chuckanut Square (the big red apartment building across from Haggen at 1400 12th St.), and work until about 1pm.

Join us this Sunday, June 28th at 5:30pm at the Fairhaven Library basement (1117 12th St.). We will begin with a potluck meal, bring something to share (a main dish, side/salad, dessert). After the meal we will finish our study of the Servant Songs in Isaiah, looking at Isaiah 52:13-53:12. Invite a friend, everyone is welcome!

Servent Song #3 – Isaiah 50:1-11

 

220px-Isaiah I would like to talk about trust. Specifically, where we place our trust. I would argue that we believe that WE think we know what is best, and therefore place our trust fully in ourselves. To help introduce this argument, I discovered a list by Readers Digest entitled: Great Ideas That Went Horribly Wrong.[1] The 1st great idea that went wrong showed how native birds were being reintroduced in Scotland. It seemed like a good Idea when conservationists reintroduced white-tailed sea eagles to East Scotland, where they have not lived for 200 years. But, Readers Digest says that these protected birds now have free rein to attack livestock and civilians alike. Apparently its an activity they seem to enjoy, and are quite good at. The 2nd great idea Readers Digest listed comes from the English prison system. In an effort to help rehabilitate inmates, a prison in England offers adult education classes to its convicts. Good idea, right? Well, one prisoner used his class time in an IT computer course to hack the prisons computer system. The prison authorities had forgotten why this man had been imprisoned in the 1st place. He had been sent to prison for hacking into computers. The last great idea I want to share could be argued as being a very bad idea. The article states that a woman was locked out of her home. Her solution was to seek help from the authorities. Good idea, right? Well, the details of her idea started w/ her setting her house on fire. She then called 911, expecting the fire department to put out the fire and unlock her doors. As planned, the fire department responded, but so did the police, who charged her with reckless endangerment. These are examples of good ideas, gone bad. I think they highlight the idea that we think we know what is best. We might not be engaged in bad plans like those in this Readers Digest article. But in subtle and major ways, we place our trust in ourselves, more often than not.

We are currently in the season of Pentecost on the church calendar. This is a season when we celebrate new beginnings. We celebrate the unleashing of the HS and its empowerment of the church to share the gospel. We celebrate the renewing of all creation. One of the key themes for Pentecost is Gods Faithfulness. We are reminded that we have ample reason to place our trust in God, and His provision.

 

Text

To help us consider the concept of trust, I want us to look at Isaiah 50:1-11. So grab a Bible and turn Isaiah 50. These verses contain the 3rd of 4 Servant Songs in Isaiah. These, so called, servant songs are rich w/ messianic imagery and insight into the messiah. Last time, we looked at Isaiah 49 and Gods call on the servant. This week, the song focuses on the obedience and trust that the Servant has in God. It serves as a great contrast to the failure of Israel to respond to Gods call.[2] So the question we are asking Isaiah 50 is: How does the Servant (v. 4-9) contrast Israel (v. 1-3), and us? I would outline this passage in 3 parts: The Condition (Isaiah 50:1-3), The Answer (Isaiah 50:4-9), and The Charge (Isaiah 10-11). Isaiah 50:4-11:

This is what the Lord says: Where is your mothers certificate of divorce with which I sent her away? Or to which of my creditors did I sell you? Because of your sins you were sold; because of your transgressions your mother was sent away. 2 When I came, why was there no one? When I called, why was there no one to answer? Was my arm too short to deliver you? Do I lack the strength to rescue you? By a mere rebuke I dry up the sea, I turn rivers into a desert; their fish rot for lack of water and die of thirst. 3 I clothe the heavens with darkness and make sackcloth its covering.

4 The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed. 5 The Sovereign Lord has opened my ears; I have not been rebellious, I have not turned away. 6 I offered my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard; I did not hide my face from mocking and spitting. 7 Because the Sovereign Lord helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame. 8 He who vindicates me is near. Who then will bring charges against me? Let us face each other! Who is my accuser? Let him confront me! 9 It is the Sovereign Lord who helps me. Who will condemn me? They will all wear out like a garment; the moths will eat them up. 10 Who among you fears the Lord and obeys the word of his servant? Let the one who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the Lord and rely on their God. 11 But now, all you who light fires and provide yourselves with flaming torches, go, walk in the light of your fires and of the torches you have set ablaze. This is what you shall receive from my hand: You will lie down in torment.

So the question we are asking Isaiah 50 is: How does the Servant (v. 4-11) contrast Israel (v. 1-3), and us? This brings us to the 1st section of the song: The Condition, found in v. 1-3. In these verses we see God Speaking to the people. The people have been separated from God and are wondering why. Isaiah is pointing ahead to the exile and captivity of Israel, and the people are feeling rejected. So God speaks to the people. vs. 1-3 in the NLT says: Was your mother sent away because I divorced her? Did I sell you as slaves to my creditors? No, you were sold because of your sins. And your mother, too, was taken because of your sins. In other words God is saying to Israel, I did not reject you, but you rejected me. Trouble has come your way b/c of your own poor choices. And now you are going to have to sleep in the bed you have made. In vs. 2-3, God explains that He extended his hand to the people, but no one was there to answer Gods call, or more likely they were ignoring the call even though God had the power to bring about the change they desired. That is the condition of Israel, and us, and all of humanity. The problem is that we believe WE know what is best.

This reminds me of the story Paul Bacon tells in his book, entitled: Bad Cop: New Yorks Least Likely Police Officer Tells All. [3] Paul was a cop in NYC. One night he was pulling second shift when he had a perfectly good idea: He would stretch out in the back seat of his police car and take a little nap during his break. He fell right asleep, and slept well until he woke up and realized what it meant to be in the back seat of a police car. The funny thing about the back seats of police cars is that the doors do not open from the inside. So you can imagine how things happened for this police officer trapped in the back seat of his own police car. We think we know what is best for our situations.

In Isaiah 50:1-3, we see the condition of humanity. In verses 4-9, we see Gods Answer to the Condition. In these verses the Servant Speaks. In v. 4, we see that God gives the servant words of wisdom to comfort the weary. It says He has been given the tongue of a disciple, meaning He is a disciple of God and credits God for the wisdom He shares. A disciples role was to learn from His master and pass on the message of His master. In contrast to Israel, the servant has done this, and is capable of passing on Gods word. The Servant perfectly fulfills the role God had assigned to Israel. And that servant is the one they have been waiting for to bring about salvation[4] In vs. 5-6, we see that the servant has heard the call. Unlike Israel in v. 2, it says the servant has listened to God and has not turned away. The servant obey the call, even when it meant abuse. In v. 6 we see a foreshadowing of the treatment given to the messiah. The NLT says, I offered my back to those who beat me and my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard. I did not hide my face from mockery and spitting. The servant was faithful to His mission, which is highlighted in v. 7. b/c the servant puts His hope in the Lords help, He is determined to live out His call. And the servant expresses His trust in Gods plan in vs. 8-9. He says, b/c God is near, no one can bring charges against me. The answer to humanitys condition of unfaithfulness, is Gods faithfulness seen in the servant. Where Israel failed, the servant would succeed.

w/ the condition of humanity answered, the Servant then gives humanity a Charge. He says in v. 10, to those who fear God, your charge is to trust and rely on Him. Isaiah calls us to obey the servant. Since the Servant has been taught the proper way to live and please God (seen in v. 4), His words should be trusted and obeyed.[5] This is easy we one realizes who the servant is. The servant is the one who has been tasked to give comfort to the weary, to set captives free, and to restore relationships. That is the charge to those who fear God. To those who dont trust in God, v. 11 is given as a warning. Similar to those in v.1, those who lack trust in God will fall. In so many words the charge is the same for these people: to trust and obey.

So, how does the Servant (v. 4-11) contrast Israel (v. 1-3), and us? The condition of humanity given is one of self-trust, and faithlessness to God. The answer God gives is the faithfulness of the servant. And the charge is to therefore trust in the servant. The hope given to Israel is personified in the servant, that hope realized is seen in the lived-out mission of the servant. The Good News of Isaiah 50 is that the servant is faithful when we are not. In response to disobedience, the servant obeys. Surrounded by unfaithfulness, the servant is faithful to His mission; He comforts and is empowered.

 

Today

So the question for us now is: What do we do w/ this knowledge? The trouble is we think we know what is best and we trust in ourselves. And yet, we are called to place our trust in the servant. There are 2 ways we could look at this application. In this passage we are confronted w/ our inability to hear Gods call. We see that, unlike us, the servant was able to listen and live out Gods mission. So as a result we could say: JC trusted God, so I should trust in God. At the surface this is great, but theres a subtle problem. In this approach, there is a bit of moralism happening, saying JC was able to trust, so I should be able to trust It is subtle, but in this approach we are putting our trust in ourselves to be able to live out Gods calling. It says, the moral of the story is that JC trusted so we should too. That’s the 1st way of application. The 2nd way is to see that we are unable to trust and live out our calling. Thats our condition. We see that the servant, JC, was able to succeed where we failed. And rather than our own efforts of trust being the answer to the condition, we instead see the servant Himself as the answer to our inability. We are unable to listen and live out our call. So JC the Servant came and answered the call of God, offering His back to beatings, His body as a sacrifice. b/c of the fulfilled mission of the servant, our condition is addressed and answered – not b/c we trusted, but b/c of His faithfulness. For while we were still sinners JC died for us. And so the charge to trust and obey is not a call of moralism, and self discipline. The charge to trust and obey, is a call to look to the servant as the answer to our inadequacies. This does not let us off the hook, but places our effort fully in efforts of JC. The Good News of Isaiah 50 is that the servant is faithful when we are not. And the difference this makes is that we are not condemned b/c of our sin. Rather we are welcomed into Gods presence b/c JC is faithful.

To conclude I want you to remember the account of JC on night of His betrayal, in the Garden. Here we see that the servant obeys, even while He is surrounded by disobedience. Luke 22:39-46 says:

Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. 40 On reaching the place, he said to them, Pray that you will not fall into temptation. [He calls His friends to pray, but what does He do?] 41 He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, 42 Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done. 43 An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. 44 And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. [He has called His friends to pray, while He Himself prays earnestly. But what does He find them doing?] 45 When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow. 46 Why are you sleeping? He asked them. Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.

Like the cop who fell asleep in the back of his own police car, the disciples did not live up to what was asked of them. That is our condition too. And yet surrounded by failed intentions, we find JC faithful. And that is good news. When we mess up, our God is faithful to us. We are not measured by our failure, but by His faithfulness. And that is good news.

So what shall we do? Here we see the call to trust. So let us trust in the faithful one, not in our own abilities. b/c He has a proven Himself worthy of our trust. Surrounded by failed good intentions, we find the servant ever faithful. And for that we worship and praise Him.

 

Amen.

 

[1] http://www.rd.com/funny-stuff/great-ideas-that-went-horribly-wrong/

[2] Barry, J. D., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Mangum, D., & Whitehead, M. M. (2012). Faithlife Study Bible (Is 50:4–10). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[3] http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/306/seemed-like-a-good-idea-at-the-time

[4] Barry, J. D., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Mangum, D., & Whitehead, M. M. (2012). Faithlife Study Bible (Is 50:4–10). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[5] Barry, J. D., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Mangum, D., & Whitehead, M. M. (2012). Faithlife Study Bible (Is 50:4–10). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

Table Worship, Sunday, 5:30pm June 21st at the Fairhaven Library

60594lgOn Sunday, we will gather at the Fairhaven Library for a worship gathering. Starting at 5:30pm we will share a meal together. Please bring something to share if you are able. This will be followed by prayer, song, study of Isaiah 50, and communion.

Invite a friend. Everyone is welcome.

Happy 5th Birthday to The Table!

imagesThis past weekend we celebrated as a community the church’s 5th birthday! It was awesome to gather and celebrate all that God has done over the last 5 years. At our gathering we read from the vision statement found on The Table’s website. This was written a few years ago, and it is cool to see how God has answered this vision. Here is is:

The Table

The Table has been set, candles and good music have set the mood, and the aroma of delectable food is noticeable. Tired, isolated, and hungry folks are arriving, having accepted the invitation. Their glasses are filled as they sit down with a sigh of relief. Together we will feast on our laughter and care, on great food and drink, and on the Lord’s presence. This table symbolizes the Kingdom of God, and is the vision God has given us for our faith community. But, it is also a reality of how Christ is now moving in Bellingham.

Our Name

“The Table” is a name that speaks of rich relationships and friendship. A table is a place of connection between new friends… a table of hospitality. A table was where Christ invited His disciples into greater fellowship… a table of discipleship. A table is also a place where the hungry are fed… a table of blessing.

“Missional” is a term describing a paradigm of church, where we live out our faith with our neighbors. Rather than calling out from the inside of a church building for people to come in, the missional church goes out and lives alongside others, whatever their background.

Being a “Faith” community is what separates us from a civic organization or a book club. We unashamedly pursue Jesus Christ as we live out our calling in community.

In a culture that markets primarily to the desires of individuals, “Community” stands in contrast. Despite our differences, The Table is becoming a family, where we laugh and share challenges together. We are sharing a life defined by the alternative values of Christ.

 

It is also cool to look at this picture of a table of hospitality, discipleship, and blessing as we look ahead to the next chapter at The Table, discerning how God would have us, as a community, be good news to our neighborhood. Join as we pray and discern how we can continue to live our the mission God has called us to.

Table Birthday Party, June 14, 4-6pm at Fairhaven park

images-1The Table is celebrating its 5th birthday this Sunday at Fairhaven Park. We’d love for you to come a celebrate with us. We’ll be at the lower pavilion near the splash park from 4-6pm, with a brief sharing time at 5pm followed by a potluck. If you can make it, bring a dish to share, invite a friend, and celebrate w/ us!

Our next regular worship gathering will be on June 21st at the library.

Family Meeting 4:30pm, Worship 5:30pm – Sunday, June 7th

IMG_20140816_110443This Sunday, June 7th at 4:30pm at the Fairhaven Library (1117 12th St.), is The Table’s Family Meeting. We’ll be discussing: our upcoming Strength Finders Retreat, and our discernment of a “place” for The Table, as well as hear financial and “safe church” updates. If you consider The Table your church, please make a special effort to come to this meeting. A meal/worship gathering will follow starting at 5:30pm for everyone.

Table Worship, Sunday, 5:30pm May 31st at the Fairhaven Library

Join us this Sunday, May 31st for a Table worship gathering at the Fairhaven Library (1117 12th St.). Starting at 5:30pm we’ll gather for a shared meal. Bring something delicious to share, or just show up (there’s always plenty). After the meal we will begin our Pentecost study of the “Servant Passages” in Isaiah. Look at Isaiah 42 if you want to prepare yourself. Invite a friend, everyone is welcome.
 
Next Sunday, June 7th at 4:30pm at the library, is The Table’s Family Meeting. We’ll be discussing: our upcoming Strength Finders Retreat, and our discernment of a “place” for The Table, as well as here financial and “safe church” updates. If you consider The Table their church, please make a special effort to come to this meeting. A meal/worship gathering will follow starting at 5:30pm for everyone.
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