Don’t forget Daylight Savings begins this weekend (this is the one where you lose sleep)!
This Sunday, March 8th, we continue the season of Lent, and our study of the prayers of Jesus, with a worship gathering at the Fairhaven Library basement (1117 12th St.). Beginning at 5:30pm, we’ll gather for a shared meal. Bring something to share, or just show up and eat. Following the meal we will pray, sing, take the Lord’s Supper, and study the parable of persistent widow Luke 18. What is Jesus teaching us about our relationship with God through this story?
Invite a friend; everyone is welcome!
1 John 5:14-15: 14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.
This passages hinges on the statement “according to His will.” We have many “gimme” prayers, selfish plans that we ask God to endorse. But here we read that whatever we ask according to His will, He hears. God listens to the requests that correspond to His desires, His plans. Plans that we create, based off purely selfish desires, He will not respond to. He knows what is best for us, and He gives to us according to His will.
So how do we know His will? We can ask Him to give us understanding. We can stay connected to Him in His word. And we can listen to His Spirit. If we are not sure about what His will is, we can always be honest and say to Him, “God I’m not sure about this, but if it is Your will, make it so. Help me to hear Your voice and Your will for me.” God wants to converse with us, so converse. He is listening.
Join us for a worship gathering this Sunday, March 1, starting at 5:30pm at the Fairhaven Library basement (1117 12th St.). We will begin with a meal, so bring something to share if you’re able. After the meal we will continue the season of Lent by studying the Lord’s Prayer in Luke 11. If prayer is the conversational piece of our relationship with God, then how did Jesus model conversation with His Father?
Enjoy your week, and we’ll see you Sunday!
How do we view our relationship with God? Is it one where we cower before Him, as if about to receive a beating? Or are we giving Jesus a high-5 because He is our homeboy. Either way, we approach God in prayer with our perceptions in mind. 1 John 3:21-22 says, “21 Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God 22 and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him.” Because of the work of Christ on the cross, we can freely approach God with confidence. We are allowed to be in God’s presence, because of Jesus. And, in His presence God welcomes us to converse with Him about what is on our mind. As we walk with Jesus, seeking to do His will, we have increased confidence.
So, what do you desire to converse with God about today? Know that He welcomes you into His presence.
Today marks the beginning of the church season of Lent. It’s a season where we prepare ourselves for Easter weekend. For the season of Lent, The Table is going to study the prayers of Jesus. To start us off, this week we will look at the solitude prayers, asking, “What is the point of prayer, and how did Jesus go about it?”
We will begin our worship gathering, this Sunday, February 22, at 5:30pm at the Fairhaven Library basement (1117 12th St.) with a shared meal. Bring something to share if you are able, otherwise just show up (there’s always enough). After the meal we will sing, pray, study, and take the Lord’s Supper together.
Also, this Saturday, February 21, we are joining neighbors for our month’s Blessing project. The neighborhood association asked us to organize a trash clean up. So, join us at 10am in the parking lot of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church (1720 Harris Ave.) and we’ll head out from there. This is a great chance to meet and serve alongside neighbors.
Invite a friend these gatherings; everyone is welcome! See you soon!
In this season of Lent, we at The Table are studying the prayers of Jesus. But, what is prayer? Dr. Alvin VanderGriend, in his book Love to Pray, defines prayer as “the conversational part of the most important love relationship in our lives – our relationship with the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit.” The church father, Augustine of Hippo, agrees, saying, “True, whole prayer is nothing but love.”
So as this week begins, ask yourself, “How do I view prayer?” Is it an obligation, something to be mastered, and/or an afterthought? If it is a piece of the most important relationship of your life, then how is it going, and how might you grow into it?
Join us this Sunday evening, February 15th at the Fairhaven Library basement (1117 12th St.) for a worship gathering. We’ll begin with a shared meal at 5:30pm, so bring something to share if you’re able. After this we will finish up our study of the Prophetic Psalms of Jesus. This week we’ll focus on Psalm 110. Invite a friend, everyone is welcome! See you soon.
1 My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?
Why are you so far away when I groan for help?
2 Every day I call to you, my God, but you do not answer.
Every night I lift my voice, but I find no relief.
3 Yet you are holy,
enthroned on the praises of Israel.
4 Our ancestors trusted in you,
and you rescued them.
5 They cried out to you and were saved.
They trusted in you and were never disgraced.
6 But I am a worm and not a man.
I am scorned and despised by all!
7 Everyone who sees me mocks me.
They sneer and shake their heads, saying,
8 “Is this the one who relies on the Lord?
Then let the Lord save him!
If the Lord loves him so much,
let the Lord rescue him!”
9 Yet you brought me safely from my mother’s womb
and led me to trust you at my mother’s breast.
10 I was thrust into your arms at my birth.
You have been my God from the moment I was born.
11 Do not stay so far from me,
for trouble is near,
and no one else can help me.
12 My enemies surround me like a herd of bulls;
fierce bulls of Bashan have hemmed me in!
13 Like lions they open their jaws against me,
roaring and tearing into their prey.
14 My life is poured out like water,
and all my bones are out of joint.
My heart is like wax,
melting within me.
15 My strength has dried up like sunbaked clay.
My tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth.
You have laid me in the dust and left me for dead.
16 My enemies surround me like a pack of dogs;
an evil gang closes in on me.
They have pierced my hands and feet.
17 I can count all my bones.
My enemies stare at me and gloat.
18 They divide my garments among themselves
and throw dice for my clothing.
19 O Lord, do not stay far away!
You are my strength; come quickly to my aid!
20 Save me from the sword;
spare my precious life from these dogs.
21 Snatch me from the lion’s jaws
and from the horns of these wild oxen.
22 I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters.
I will praise you among your assembled people.
23 Praise the Lord, all you who fear him!
Honor him, all you descendants of Jacob!
Show him reverence, all you descendants of Israel!
24 For he has not ignored or belittled the suffering of the needy.
He has not turned his back on them,
but has listened to their cries for help.
25 I will praise you in the great assembly.
I will fulfill my vows in the presence of those who worship you.
26 The poor will eat and be satisfied.
All who seek the Lord will praise him.
Their hearts will rejoice with everlasting joy.
27 The whole earth will acknowledge the Lord and return to him.
All the families of the nations will bow down before him.
28 For royal power belongs to the Lord.
He rules all the nations.
29 Let the rich of the earth feast and worship.
Bow before him, all who are mortal,
all whose lives will end as dust.
30 Our children will also serve him.
Future generations will hear about the wonders of the Lord.
31 His righteous acts will be told to those not yet born.
They will hear about everything he has done.
Join us for a worship gathering this Sunday, starting at 5:30pm at the Fairhaven library (1117 12th St.). We will begin with a shared meal, so bring something delicious to share (if you’re able). If you’re unable to share in bringing food, join us for the meal anyway, there’s always enough. After the meal we will continue our study of the Prophetic Psalms of Jesus. This week we’ll look at Psalm 22, if you would like to read ahead. Invite a friend; everyone is welcome!
See you soon!
Sledding plans for Saturday have been canceled. Speaking with a friend who works up on the mountain, he said the conditions are not good, and the lakes are opening up, making sledding dangerous. So… no sledding for The Table this Saturday.
A reminder, we are not gathering for worship this Sunday. Enjoy the big game with neighbors, and we’ll see you for worship next Sunday, February 8th.