Table Worship at the Walters, Sunday, March 12 at 4:30pm

Join The Table this Sunday at the Walters’ (contact us for directions) for a Table worship gathering. We’ll gather at 4:30pm for a shared meal. We will begin our Lent study of the Offices of Jesus (Prophet, Priest, King). This week we’ll look at Elijah as a precursor to Jesus. My hope is that this study will help us look at Christ in a different way, as we strive to follow in His way.  Invite a friend; everyone is welcome!

The Season of Lent and the Offices of Christ

During the season of Lent, it is customary to “give something up.” The reason for many is displace distractions to better focus on the work of Christ. Regrettably, the “giving up” often usurps the act of focusing. So may I offer a way we can focus on Jesus. I’d like to offer not a method of focusing, but rather a different angle of looking at Christ.

Since the Reformation one way to speak of Jesus is to speak of His “offices,” the office of Prophet, Priest, and King. This angle is not the first option of how many speak of Jesus, and so my hope is that it will help us consider the work of Jesus in a different way. So during the season of Lent, we at The Table will be studying the Offices of Christ to help us prepare ourselves for the celebration of Resurrection. Each week I will offer a reflection on a given office. I pray it will give life to your prayers and meditation of how Jesus operates in the world today.

Here’s a quick introduction of the topic. Louis Berkhof, a Reformed theologian from the middle 20th century, speaks of the Offices of Christ in a concise manner. In his book, Manual of Christian Doctrine, he says:

“Man, as he was created by God, was intended to function as prophet, priest, and king. Hence he was endowed with knowledge and understanding, with righteousness and holiness, and with dominion over the lower creation. The entrance of sin into the world affected the whole man and made it impossible for him to function properly in his three-fold capacity as prophet, priest and king. He is subject to the power of error and deception, of unrighteousness and moral pollution, and of misery and death. Christ came as the ideal man and for the purpose of restoring man to his original condition, and as such necessarily functioned as prophet, priest and king.”

Hospitality Weekend – No Gathering

This weekend is our monthly Hospitality weekend. We are a church on mission, and so we intentionally schedule time for our folks to spend time w/ neighbors and friends – doing what they’re doing, inviting them over, and/or serving w/ them. May you be blessed as you reach out this weekend.

Our next gathering will be at the Walters for worship on March 12th.

Coming Soon: 5-6 Week Small Group on “Simply Jesus: by N.T. Wright

We looking to start a small group lasting 5-6 weeks, looking at N.T. Wright’s book Simply Jesus. As a church on mission, we are continually invited to study Jesus, pray for His presence, and seek to imitate His ways. My hope is that by studying this book today, we will be able to learn from the Master in a way that will feed us and give us new energy to share Him with those around us.

If you are interested in join us, contact me and we will figure out a time/day together to meet, pray, and learn together.

Here’s the Amazon right up on the book:

In Simply Jesus, bestselling author and leading Bible scholar N.T. Wright summarizes 200 years of modern Biblical scholarship and models how Christians can best retell the story of Jesus today. In a style similar to C.S. Lewis’s popular works, Wright breaks down the barriers that prevent Christians from fully engaging with the story of Jesus. For believers confronting the challenge of connecting with their faith today, and for readers of Timothy Keller’s The Reason for God, Wright’s Simply Jesus offers a provocative new picture of how to understand who Jesus was and how Christians should relate to him today.

Table Worship at the Walters, Sunday, February 26 at 4:30pm

Join The Table this Sunday at the Walters’ (contact us for directions) for a Table worship gathering. We’ll gather at 4:30pm for a shared meal. We will then conclude our study of 1 Thessalonians (looking at 4:13-5:11), where we have been asking, “How shall we live on mission?” Invite a friend; everyone is welcome!


The rhythms of The Table (hospitality, discipleship, and blessing) are our mission, our values, and the vision of how we see Christ calling us to live. We are in a season focusing on Hospitality. So what do we mean by this?

Hospitality is the rhythm of creating space in our lives and inviting others into  relationship, where life and faith are shared. Envision a recent party at The Table, where friends were sharing a meal and fun with neighbors and those from the church. Hospitality is when the circles of “my” life purposefully overlap with the circles of “your” life.

Will you join us in showing Hospitality to those around us?

Table Blessing: Cooking at the South Side Community Meal (Sunday, February 19)

This Sunday, join us in cooking/serving at the South Side community meal. This monthly meal for neighbors is hosted by Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church (OSLC) and the Happy Valley Neighborhood Association. The Table is cooking up some baked potatoes, w/ all the fixings. The meal goes from 5p-6:30p at OSLC (1720 Harris Ave.). If you can help cook, contact us and we’ll give you the info. Otherwise, see you there!

Our next worship gathering will be February 26th at the Walters.


Time is the most valuable gift we have. When we give of our time freely for the sake of the gospel, amazing things can happen. Paul the apostle knew this and made this principle a central issue of his teaching to the Thessalonians.

Read 1 Thessalonians 4:1–12. Reflect on 1 Thessalonians 4:11b–12:

“But we urge you, brothers, to do this more and more, and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one” (ESV).

A critical component of the Christian faith is to truly love people; this means sacrificing our own resources for the betterment of others (1 Thessalonians 4:9–11). But Paul doesn’t end there—he also tells the Thessalonians to continue to work.

Paul could make this remark because of the temptation to go full-time into ministry when it wasn’t necessary to do so. It’s possible that some people viewed the return as Jesus as so imminent that they felt they could stop working. It could have also been the case that some church members were living off the charity of other wealthier members, when they could have been providing for themselves.

Whatever the precise scenario, continuing to work allowed for the Thessalonian Christians to freely share about Jesus—without having to depend on other people for their livelihood. This model of bi-vocational ministry is what Paul himself modeled when he was with the Thessalonians in person (1 Thessalonians 2:9).

In many instances of ministry, bi-vocational is the right choice and should probably be the default stance. Paul realized the power of this testimony—no one would be able to argue that a person believes because he or she is paid to do so. People who didn’t believe in Jesus would also recognize the self-sacrifice made, for the sake of the gospel.

I personally have had a full-time job while working a very demanding ministry role as a volunteer. In fact, I did this for over a decade in various capacities with different ministries and eventually with Jesus’ Economy. I can tell you that it is incredibly rewarding. It can be exhausting at times, and you must still balance your rest with your efforts. But the things you can accomplish with your extra time can truly transform lives. There is a time for some ministers to go full-time into ministry—that’s what happened for me about six months ago—but that’s certainly not the case for all. And it’s certainly the exception to the default stance. And even now, I am still a volunteer—providing for the majority of my family’s needs for the time being.

For you, ministry work could happen from behind a computer—volunteering for an organization with a large online platform. This work could happen in person, working with a local homeless rescue mission. This work could happen as you minister to your neighbors and coworkers. This effort could happen as you are called to start something new for Jesus. Whatever the case is, the point is that we’re all missionaries and should all use our talents for Jesus.

How can God work in your life, to accomplish his ministry goals, without you having to quit your job or your daily work? How can God use your talents to accomplish his purposes?

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Table Worship at the Walters, Sunday, February 12 at 4:30pm

This Sunday we ask the question again, “How shall we live on mission?” After a shared meal starting at 4:30pm, we’ll look at 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12/5:12-28. Join us at the Walters’ (contact us for directions). See you soon!

Update From Sue

[A month ago The Table prayed for Sue, as she headed out to work on the border of Texas. Here’s an update from her work there.]

As I’m writing this, it’s the end of my 2nd day at Casa Vides.  It’s been fun getting to know the house, the ladies here, and the routine.  It’s a challenge sometimes trying to communicate with my not-so-great-Spanish, but I’m muddling through.

To explain about this house – Casa Vides is part of the Annunciation House organization, about a half mile away from the mother house here in El Paso.  It has mostly  longer term guests than at Annunciation House.  Right now we house 13 widows, 4 teenagers (kids of the 2 youngest widows), and one lady from Kenya.  They are staying here while waiting for legal red tape and documentation papers.  Also there are some rooms upstairs for refugees who might pass through for a short time, but since I’ve been here, there haven’t been any refugees.

Right now I am one of only 2 volunteers at this house.  There would have been 3 of us, but Bea, (the 82 year old), had a fall last weekend and she’s in the hospital with an injured leg.  The other volunteer, Jane, has been training me.  The plan was for me to shadow her yesterday & today, – then for the next 2 days, she’ll follow me around while I do all the routine stuff.  Jane is a retired nurse from Minnesota and I really like her.

Yesterday we went over to A-House to pick up 3 people who needed to be driven across town to the ICE agency (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) to do paperwork.  One was a young pregnant woman who had been separated from her husband at the border.  The other 2 were a father and teenage son from Guatemala who were trying to get to their family in San Antonio, TX.  The dad wore an ankle bracelet that had been put on him in detention at the border (he’s not a criminal, just an undocumented human being).

Today Jane & I went to pick up some donated food (mostly fruits & vegetables, but also some meat & eggs), which we brought back here and sorted through.  The big boxes of perishable veggies were more than this house could consume before they went bad, so we kept what we could use, and took the rest over to another shelter in town.

On my first night here, the Mexican ladies made a hearty meal of rice, beans, squash, and turkey.  They have turkey quite often because a whole bunch of turkeys were donated for Thanksgiving & Christmas.  There’s still probably 15 turkeys down in the big freezer in the basement, and they’ll use them till they’re gone.  The “guest” residents are all on a rotating chore list for cooking, cleaning, and doing dishes (trastes).  And those little (they’re all short) Mexican grandma ladies are good cooks!   Then, after dinner, some of the ladies started singing songs.  All in Spanish, and wow, could they sing!  That real ‘old Mexico’ sound.  One lady recited a long poem too.  They wanted Jane & I to sing for them in English, so we sang “You are my sunshine”  and “I’ve been working on the railroad”.  Anyways, all the singing was a kind-of goodbye to 3 ladies that were leaving to go back to Mexico the next day.

Well, it’s getting late, so I’ve got to send this off and get to bed!  I send you all my love and hope you are all well & happy.

Hasta luego!