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Table Worship – July 15, 2012 at 5:30pm at Fairhaven Library Basement

This Sunday, July 15th, we again will meet for worship at the Fairhaven Library (1117 12th St.). We’ll start at 5:30pm with a potluck meal. Feel free to bring something to share. We’ll be studying Acts 4:23-31, if you want to read ahead.

Next weekend, The Table will not meet for worship because it is our Blessing Weekend. On Saturday July 21, we’ll join together and bless our neighbor in Christ’s name. Stay tuned for details.

Have a great week!

“The Long View” by Oscar Romero

It helps, now and then, to step back and take the long view.
The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts,
it is beyond our vision.
We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction
of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work.

Nothing we do is complete,
which is another way of saying that
the kingdom always lies beyond us.

No statement says all that could be said.
No prayer fully expresses our faith.
No confession brings perfection.
No pastoral visit brings wholeness.
No program accomplishes the church’s mission.
No set of goals and objectives includes everything.

That is what we are about:
We plant seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces effects beyond our capabilities.

We cannot do everything and
there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.
This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.
It may be incomplete,
but it is a beginning, a step along the way,
an opportunity for God’s grace to enter and do the rest.

We may never see the end results,
but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker.
We are workers, not master builders,
ministers, not messiahs.

We are prophets of a future not our own.

Amen.

Monseñor Oscar Romero

Table Worship – July 8, 2012 at 5:30pm at Fairhaven Library Basement

This Sunday The Table will be gathering for worship at the Fairhaven Library (1117 12th St.). We’ll begin at 5:30pm with a potluck dinner. Feel free to being something to share. We’ll then pray and look at Acts 4:5-22 together. Feel free to invite a friend and/or neighbor, everyone is welcome!

Independence Day

No Table Gathering this Week

This week The Table is taking a break and will not be meeting. We do encourage you to get out and hang with your neighbors and look for ways to bless them and put in a good word for Jesus. Our next worship gathering will be Sunday, July 8th at 5:30pm at the Fairhaven Library. Enjoy the holiday!

Baptism Thoughts

This past Sunday we were blessed to be able to baptize one of our own. In the sacrament of baptism, we are invited again to celebrate the truth of God’s grace. Ephesians 2 echoes this, saying “4 Because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in our transgressions…8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.” The good news of Jesus has always been a movement of God toward humanity. If we attempted to make ourselves right with God, we would not be able. But He extends His hand to us, because He is love.

Jesus is God the Father’s beloved one. We find our identity in Jesus. And because of the price Jesus paid on our behalf, we too are the Father’s beloved, in whom He finds great delight. Baptism is a sign of that covenant initiated by God.  It is a powerful movement that God makes to display His love for His people.

Be blessed today, and know that the One who created everything loves you and is pursuing you.

Table Worship – June 24, 2012 at 5:30pm at Fairhaven Library Basement

This week is a special week at The Table; we will be baptizing baby Elias. We’ll meet at the Fairhaven Library (1117 12th St.) at 5:30pm, and begin with a potluck dinner. Feel free to bring something to share. This week we’ll be studying Acts 3:11-4:4, if you want to read ahead. It will be a week where we again worship Jesus for His goodness and grace!

Next Sunday, July 1st, The Table will not be meeting. We do encourage you to get out and hang with your neighbors and look for ways to bless them and put in a good word for Jesus. Our next worship gathering will be July 8th, back at the library. Please invite a neighbor of friend along, everyone is welcome!

Baptism

This coming weekend, we will be baptizing little Elias. As a church that places the grace of Jesus at the center of its life, baptism is a sign and sacrament of the gospel of grace. This is particularly visible when babies are baptized. As we prepare as a church for this great day this weekend, here’s a great quote to chew on:

“The baptism of a child, in the context of God’s covenant of grace, is one of the most striking illustrations of this grace. The objection of opponents to infant baptism is that the child does nothing. Precisely! Both the present state and future fate of that child depend not so much on the child’s or parent’s faith and fidelity (though they cannot be discounted) as on God’s sovereign grace. ‘The gospel begins with the foolishness of baptism,’ for ‘the baptism of a helpless child is the most dramatic and precious symbol of God’s freely given grace.'” – I. John Hesselink from On Being Reformed

Table Blessing – June 16th, 9:45am

This weekend The Table is not meeting for worship, because it is our Blessing week. Our next worship gathering will be Sunday, June 24th, at the library. On Saturday, June 16th, we’ll be joining up with WHIMPS in doing some trail work on Galbraith Mountain. If trail work doesn’t sound good for you and/or your kids, we are hosting a “Kids Club” at Bellingham Cohousing (2614 Donovan Ave.), where we’ll play together from 10am – 12pm. Here are the details for the trail work:

Where/When: Meet us at the Lake Padden parking lot near the softball fields/dog park at 9:45 a.m. We’ll plan on working until 12pm or 1pm.
What you should bring: water, snack, work gloves, weather appropriate gear, your favorite tool, and your bike if you want to get a ride in.
WHIMPS will provide: tools, a light breakfast, bevies throughout the day, lunch, and a worthy project for you and your buddies to work on.
Waivers: If you haven’t been to a trail crew day this year, you’ll need to sign a waiver. We have to update these annually. We’ll have them available in the morning. If you are under 18, your parents will need to sign it too.

See yall soon!

Happy 2nd Birthday!

Today is an exciting day for me.  The Table is something I have been excited about, even before it began.  In 2008, Kate and I were called to start a new church.  Why start a church, there are so many already out there? For starters, only 5% of Bellingham goes to church.  But more so, we believe that this is where God grows us. So we were called to start a church, but how would it look?  We asked ourselves that question a lot.  If we were to look at old brainstorming notes describing the dream church, you would see words and phrases like: Jesus-centered, authentic, service-oriented, intentional, and life giving.

What we ended up with, is what you find on our logo.  It says: “The Table: A Missional Faith Community.”  That’s weird, if you think about; why would a church not have the word “church” in there? That’s because it describes what we believe church should be.

The name, The Table, was birthed from the images of the “table scenes of Jesus,” where He eats with those who desire relationship – those who don’t always have it figured out – where He invites those who are hungry and weary to sit and be refreshed.  A table is an image of authentic relationship, where love is shared, over a meal, over study, and over shared projects. That’s why we call ourselves The Table.

The Table is a Missional Faith Community.  The term “Missional” is a term describing a paradigm of church.  Admittedly, it’s a buzz word in some circles, but it describes how we live out our faith WITH our neighbors.  Rather than calling out from the inside a church building for people to come inside, the missional church goes outside and lives alongside its neighbors, and serves them, regardless of their background.  A missional church doesn’t mark success by numbers, but by its obedience to being like Jesus, and allows its life to overlap with those who don’t yet call themselves Christians.

The Table is a Missional Faith Community.  That means our faith in Jesus is central to our community.  Unlike fraternal organizations, we do what we do b/c we want to be more like Jesus, and we want others to know that He loves them.  We unashamedly pursue Jesus as we live out our calling in community, and it has been awesome to witness God’s Spirit work, growing Himself within specific individuals and the church as a whole.

The Table is a Missional Faith Community.  In a culture that markets primarily to the desires of individuals, community stands in contrast.  Like I said, we believe this is how God grows us.  We believe God can do more when we’re together, than the sum of our individual efforts. At The Table, God has brought together folks from different backgrounds, political, social, and economic.  But, despite our differences, The Table is becoming an inclusive family, where we laugh and share challenges together, where, as a community, we are committed to seeing the Kingdom of God grow in us and around us.

Today is exciting for me.  The Table is celebrating its 2nd birthday, and what we are celebrating is what God has done.  I believe that God has allowed us to live up to our name.  And my prayer is that we would not change, but only live into our name even more, where we set more seats and invite more people to the feast table with Jesus, where we go out further in mission to bless and serve, where our faith deepens and we grow in our likeness of Jesus, and where our community authenticity and intentionality grows in its connection with Jesus and our neighbors.  That’s my prayer, that we truly would become even more of a Missional Faith Community. We thank God for 2 great years, and looking forward to His working in the years to come.

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