Table Worship at the Fairhaven Library Basement, Sunday, Nov. 9th 5:30pm

religionJoin us for a worship gathering this Sunday, starting at 5:30pm at the Fairhaven Library. We’ll start with a shared meal, so bring something awesome to share if you’re able. Otherwise just show up, there’s always enough. This week we conclude our study of the book of Acts. We’ve been studying it off and on since 2012. We’ll review the major themes of the book, as well as look at our The Missional Challenge.

Invite a friend, everyone is welcome. We look forward to seeing you soon!

No Messing Around November

IMG_54542-225x300Every November I try something I call, “No Messing Around November.” It’s a silly title, but the idea is to simplify things in life before the December rush – simplify my eating, my schedule, and my outlook. At the same time, I also try to insert the things I desire out of my life – consistent exercise, discipled study and time with God, and quality time with friends and family.

This November I am planning on not messing around, but focusing on the things I claim are important. It’s a “putting my ‘money’ where my mouth is” sort of thing. This includes a discipled approach to the Missional Challenge, executing a fitness goal I’ve been scheming about, and simply enjoying what is before me (family, work, friends, study). It’s a silly name, but I hope God uses it in a profound way to make me more like Him.

Maybe you should join me in “No Messing Around November?”

Table Worship at the Fairhaven Library Basement, Sunday, Nov. 2nd 5:30pm

imagesJoin us for a worship gathering this Sunday, starting at 5:30pm at the Fairhaven Library. We’ll start with a shared meal, so bring something awesome to share if you’re able. Otherwise just show up, there’s always enough. From there, we’ll continue our study of the last chapter of Acts. This study coincides with our The Missional Challenge we as a church are undertaking. As you prepare for this weekend, think and pray about who you can be hospitable and bless today, and where in your day you can listen to the Spirit’s voice, and when you can take time to study Jesus.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Table Worship at the Fairhaven Library Basement, Sunday, Oct. 26th 5:30pm

UnknownJoin The Table this Sunday evening, starting at 5:30pm at the Fairhaven Library (1117 12th St.), for a worship gathering. We’ll begin with a shared meal, so bring something to share if you’re able. We will then continue our study of Paul’s speeches in the later chapters of Acts. Look at Acts 28:1-10 and ask yourself, where is God bringing wholeness in the verses?

Invite a friend; everyone is welcome!

Reaching the Religious

I was reading Matthew 17:24-27 today and got to thinking about freedom in Christ versus religion in Christ. Read it with that in made and see if anything jumps out:

24 After Jesus and his disciples arrived in Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma temple tax came to Peter and asked, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the temple tax?” 25 “Yes, he does,” he replied. When Peter came into the house, Jesus was the first to speak. “What do you think, Simon?” he asked. “From whom do the kings of the earth collect duty and taxes—from their own children or from others?” 26 “From others,” Peter answered. “Then the children are exempt,” Jesus said to him. 27 “But so that we may not cause offense, go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.”

What is Jesus saying about this temple tax? He seems to equate this taxation with the taxation a a conquering king would force upon those he has conquered. If this is true, it seems Jesus viewed the temple structure and its taxation as the “ruler” and the Jewish people as the “ruled,” the “powerful” and the “powerless.” Jesus in contrast to this class division equates the people with family. He is inclusive, calling the people children of the king rather than subjects to the king. They are therefore exempt from that taxation, or “free citizens” as the New Living Translation states it. This is Jesus’ view of His people, family and free citizens.

What does Jesus do with this view, does He throw it in the face of the temple representative who are collecting this tax? No, He rather honors their place and pays the tax. The temple had a place in Jesus’ paradigm. It was a place people connected with God, and each other. The “religion” of the day had a place, but Jesus was redeeming it. He was returning it to its intention. So, He honors the system while breathing life into it.

For us, I wonder what this means? If we interact with folks with a more “religious” view of the world, how are we to interact? We carry the freedom of Jesus with us. As His followers He is our  focus, not tradition or routines. But those traditions and routines have a place. They are a way many connect with God and their community. So what shall we do? We are called by this passage to extend a hand of fellowship, while also proclaiming freedom in Jesus, remembering we are His children and not His oppressed subjects. How we live this out will be a point of meditation in the midst of both valuable and also unhealthy traditions around us. But, may we be voices of life in Christ, and the grace of Jesus.

Table Blessing, Sunday, October 19th, 10am at the Majestic

majesticThis Sunday morning is our October Blessing. We are joining Mosaic at 10am at the Majestic Ballroom (1027 Forest St.). From there we will break out into a few different groups and serve our city. Our next worship gathering will be Oct. 26th at the library. Bring a friend; everyone is welcome!

Blessing Folks

raking_leaves_photo_for_websiteThe final category of this season’s Missional Challenge coincides with The Table rhythm of Blessing. As a church, we are challenging ourselves in this area to bless three people a week, one of who does not come to The Table. This could mean writing someone an encouraging note, text or email. It could mean helping a neighbor with a chore or errand, simply asking someone how you can help. It is a simple challenge that reaches people’s hearts. It is a selfless intention that honors those around us. We are challenging ourselves in this manner because we what to mimic our Lord Jesus. He blessed folks in very tangible ways. He brought wholeness to people’s lives and revealed the coming kingdom to them, where all will be made right, and whole, and without flaw. He calls us to participate in this work today, to reveal the coming kingdom to folks. So, we are challenging ourselves to bless folks in His name.

May God open your eyes to those around you, and how you can bless them. And, may you grow into His likeness as you go.

Table Worship at the Fairhaven Library Basement, Sunday, Oct. 12th 5:30pm

CandleThis Sunday, The Table is gathering for a worship gathering at the Fairhaven Library (1117 12th St.). Join us at 5:30pm for a shared meal. Bring something to share if you are able. After the meal we will sing, pray, and continue our study of Acts, looking at 27. As you read ahead ask yourself, “Where is trust seen in the passage?” We will continue to challenge ourselves with the “Missional Challenge.” If you didn’t get a chance, check out what this challenge looks like at: The Missional Challenge on our website.

See you Sunday. Invite a friend, everyone is welcome.

Listening

prayerThis fall at The Table we are taking on “The Missional Challenge,” and idea adapted form the work of Michael Frost. The Missional Challenge matches with the three rhythms of The Table: Hospitality, Discipleship, and Blessing. The aspect of the challenge that is under the rhythm of Discipleship includes “listening to the Holy Spirit.” Specifically, we are challenging ourselves to make an intention to sit down & pray and listen to the Holy Spirit once a week. The idea here is that we rarely listen to God, but more often fill the gaps of our relationship with God with our own concerns. So, we are calling ourselves to sit and ask “What does the Holy Spirit have to tell me in relation to my learnings and actions?”

How do we do this? Some ideas that may help:

-Read a psalm, and then sit and reflect

-Find a quiet space, time of the day, and/or comfortable seat

-Ask God, “What would you have me pray for today?”

-Journal about what comes to mind