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.

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