Attributes of God

bibleOften times in the Psalms we get great descriptors of God. We are given attributes of His character/being, as well as pictures of His blessings/works. Sometimes you can easily sit down and write out a list of these things. This is the case with Psalm 144, from our reading this week. As you read this psalm, and others I invite you to literally make a list of God’s traits and actions. Then I invite you to pray through the list, praising Him for His being and His work in your life.

 

Psalm 144

1 Praise be to the Lord my Rock,
who trains my hands for war,
my fingers for battle.
2 He is my loving God and my fortress,
my stronghold and my deliverer,
my shield, in whom I take refuge,
who subdues peoples under me.

3 Lord, what are human beings that you care for them,
mere mortals that you think of them?
4 They are like a breath;
their days are like a fleeting shadow.

5 Part your heavens, Lord, and come down;
touch the mountains, so that they smoke.
6 Send forth lightning and scatter the enemy;
shoot your arrows and rout them.
7 Reach down your hand from on high;
deliver me and rescue me
from the mighty waters,
from the hands of foreigners
8 whose mouths are full of lies,
whose right hands are deceitful.

9 I will sing a new song to you, my God;
on the ten-stringed lyre I will make music to you,
10 to the One who gives victory to kings,
who delivers his servant David.

From the deadly sword 11 deliver me;
rescue me from the hands of foreigners
whose mouths are full of lies,
whose right hands are deceitful.

12 Then our sons in their youth
will be like well-nurtured plants,
and our daughters will be like pillars
carved to adorn a palace.
13 Our barns will be filled
with every kind of provision.
Our sheep will increase by thousands,
by tens of thousands in our fields;
14     our oxen will draw heavy loads.
There will be no breaching of walls,
no going into captivity,
no cry of distress in our streets.
15 Blessed is the people of whom this is true;
blessed is the people whose God is the Lord.

Table Women’s Retreat and Worship this Week

shutterstock_63895897_EDITThis weekend is full of good activities at The Table. 1st, on Saturday, Kim is hosting a women’s retreat. This great time of connection will go from 9am – noon at Kim house. Contact us for details.
Then on Sunday, May 18th The Table is gathering for worship at the Fairhaven library (1117 12th St.). We’ll start at 5:30p with a shared meal. We’ll also be continuing our study of Ephesians, looking at 5:15-6:9. Invite a friend, everyone is welcome. Remember to bring a new backpack or 2 to help bless neighborhood kids.
See you soon!

Backpacks for Low Income Kids

UnknownHappy Valley Elementary School has invited The Table to raise 40 new backpacks for 40 low income students who will be attending their school next year. They desire to give the back packs to the student the first week of June.

Would you join us in blessing these kids? Let us know if you can buy 1 or 5 (or any number) backpacks, and we’ll pick them up form you. We would like to deliver 40 to the school the week of June 1st.

Table Worship, May 11th, 5:30pm at the Fairhaven Library Basement

acts 11The Table is worshiping again this Sunday evening at 5:30pm at the Fairhaven Library (117 12th St.). We’ll start with a shared meal, so bring something to share. Then we’ll pray and study Ephesians 4:1-5:21. As you prepare, ask yourself, “How are we to maintain unity in our church in light of the text?”
Remember, we are trying to raise 40 new backpacks for Happy Valley Elementary student by June. Bring a new backpack to church sunday.

Who is God and What Does He Do?

From Ephesians 1-3:rio

-He blesses (1:3)

-He made the world (1:4)

-He adopts us (1:5)

-He is kind (1:7)

-He saves (1:13)

-He is our glorious father (1:17)

-He is powerful (1:19)

-He is above all other powers (1:21)

-He is the head of the church body (1:22)

-He is rich in mercy (2:4)

-He loves us (2:4)

-He gave us life (2:5)

-He raised us from death (2:6)

-He creates us anew in JC (2:10)

-He brought us peace (2:14)

-He united people into 1 people (2:14)

-He brought the good news of peace (2:17)

-He reveals plan to apostles and prophets (3:5)

-He is grace filled and powerful (3.7)

-He is full of treasure (3:8)

-He is the creator of all things (3:9, 15)

-He uses His church to display His characteristics (3:10)

-He has unlimited resources (3:16)

-He empowers (3:16)

-He resides in us (3:17)

-He is loving (3:18)

-He gives the fulness of life and power (3:19)

-He accomplishes more than we could ask (3:20)

Worship – May 4th, Fairhaven Library, 5:30pm

Our Blessing got cancelled. We are now planning on worship, May 4th, at the Fairhaven Library. We’ll start w/ a shared meal at 5:30pm. See you soon!

Table Blessing – Street Mural Painting – May 3rd, starting 9am

Happy Valley posterThis Saturday, Join us in painting the intersection of 22nd St. and Harris Ave. This Table sponsored neighborhood event will bring together the neighborhood in beautifying the intersection, with a city and neighborhood approved design, created by a neighborhood youth. The event starts at 9am, weather permitting, and will go until we’re finished. Everyone is welcome to paint, young and old. There will be a BBQ, so bring something to share and grill. Invite a friend, everyone is welcome.

The Table’s next worship gathering will be May 11th at the library.

Table Worship, April 27th, 5:30pm at the Fairhaven Library Basement

fairhaven library 1Thanks for a great Easter weekend, celebrating the death and resurrection of Jesus. This Sunday we return to the Fairhaven Library (1117 12th St.) for worship. Starting at 5:30pm, we’ll gather for a shared meal. Bring something yummy to share. After this we will pray, sing, and study God’s word. This week, we begin a 4 week study of Ephesians. If you want to read ahead, look over the entire book and ask yourself, “What is the main theme of this letter?”

People of Joy

jesus1Below is a letter of Cyprian to his friend Donatus. Cyprian was born in the 2nd century AD in North Africa into a wealthy home. He was a retrograde playboy although brilliant and learned. He was marvelously converted in one of his travels largely because he was so impressed with the character of the lives of a group of Christians that he chanced to meet. After he was converted he wrote a letter to his boyhood friend and fellow playboy named Donatus. Here it is:

“The world in which we live is a beautiful place when viewed from our fair garden, Donatus. But if we could view it from some high mountain you know well what we would see; robbers on the highways, pirates on the seas and in the amphitheatre men are offered up to animals as entertain. Under every roof there is misery and sorrow. But Donatus, I have met a people who rise above this. They are a quiet people who know a joy a thousand times greater than these sorrows. They are called Christians, Donatus, and I am writing to tell you that I have become one of them.”

As we move forward this week, with the Easter celebrations behind us, may we walk with a resurrection reality. May we be the people Cyprian met. May we radiate joy that is contagious. And may He be glorified as we go.

Good Friday/Easter Weekend at The Table

Light-tunnel-thumb-350x262There are a lot of things going on this week at The Table. This Friday, April 18th, we are hosting a Good Friday service for the Mosaic family of churches. Join us at 8pm at Marine Park (100 Harris Ave.) for a reflective service, focused on the cross (childcare is being provided offsite at our home, let me know if you need info about this).

Then, this Sunday, April 20th, Mosaic us hosting a Easter gathering. Join us at 10am at the Majestic Ballroom (1027 N Forest). We’ll start with a simple breakfast, so bring fruit or pastries to share. We need 2 folks to come early at 9am to help set up (let me know if you can). Childcare is provided during the service. If you’re able, join Kim and Thane at their home for a post service Easter potluck (let me know if you can come).

On Monday, April 21st, Kim and Thane are hosting our next Bible study. We’ll be discussing 1 Samuel. Let us know if you can come.

Our next regular Table gathering is on April 27 at the Fairhaven Library.