Hi friends -
What we do at Table is to aim at Biblical hospitality. I was reading a section in “Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals” yesterday and found this to be a target to aim toward: “Not only were the early Christians to practice hospitality; they were to depend on it. There was no ‘us’ and ‘them.’ ‘My’ became a cussword for Christians. My house is no longer mine but is God’s, which means it is open to all.” The following are some of the spaces where we aim toward this vision.
Family Table - Rocky River - Buehrle home (19781 Riverview Ave, Rocky River) - 6 pm on Friday 5/3:
As always, it's a children's lesson with a guided prayer time with pizza and other food and beverages before and more chatting afterwards in the neighborhood. Please let me know if you're coming (if you are able to let me know) by noon on Friday for the pizza order at email@example.com and as always feel free to bring a side, dessert, and/or beverage to share. There will be one meatless pizza. Also, just so you’re aware, the lesson and prayer time are almost always from 7:15 to 8:00 pm. If you can’t make it during that time, always feel free to drop in before or after that time. The evening consists of more than the meeting time!
Family Table - West Park - Hisey home (3847 W 146 St., Cleveland) - 6:30 pm on Friday 5/3:
As always, it's a children's lesson with with a guided prayer time with pizza and other food and beverages before and more chatting afterwards in the neighborhood starting with a meal where you can bring something to share - but most importantly bring yourself. Please let them know if you're coming (if you are able to let them know) by noon on Friday at firstname.lastname@example.org. Just like the River Family Table, the evening consists of more than the meeting time.
Lord’s Table - Lakewood - Hayes Elementary School (16401 Deleware Ave., Lakewood - parking in the lot off of Olive Ave. coming from the North) - 10:30 am to 11:45 am on Sunday, 5/5:
Feel free to invite your friends and neighbors. Some of you all have said you’d like to help with set-up. We will be able to get into the school around 9 am. Anyone who would like to volunteer their elbow grease, please show up.
As we continue to explore what Lord’s Table (Sunday service) can and should look like for us, I think we’ll be able to learn from each other and be encouraged by God through one another at the Lord’s Table. If you’ve not come to Lord’s Table, I happen to think you’re missing out because I’ve enjoyed our format so much. It’s been fun to see how our “liturgical” format can leave so much space for participation from all! Not the kind of participation that singles people out. It’s also been exciting to hear God at work in weaving together the same themes from the Scriptures, testimony time, etc. What am I talking about? Guess you’ll have to come and see. During these gatherings we not only celebrate God’s goodness, but also practice lament through the Psalms we read and the prayers we pray. We don’t gather to escape reality, but to bring ourselves and our concerns to God.
For future events, please go to our “Calendar of Events” page.