On the Table– May 13 through 19

“LOVE WINS”It’s a stirring slogan, and a fantastic meme, but is it a Creed?  A Way of life?  A  raison d’être?In this week’s Lectionary Reading, Jesus sure seems to think so, and the newly reinstated Peter is right behind him.  Join us this Sunday, when we’ll interrogate their seemingly simplistic plan for world transformation (or will we be interrogated by them?).  Bring your voice and your perspective(s), and we’ll be the better for it.  Oh, and after our 10:15 gathering, please join the larger church potluck in the Fellowship Hall.  If that ain’t a raison d’être, I don’t know what is! It’s... Read more

On the Table– August 18 through 25

This week brings another opportunity to partner with our friends at Good Shepherd to bring a meal to our friends at Bethany Center.  We will be picking up the food at Good Shepherd at 10:15, then driving into the city to deliver it, serve it, and do some basic cleanup.  We’d love to have your help at any point along the way.  Hope to see you soon! –Mike Stavlund Read more

On the Table– August 12 through 18

Last week’s discernment meeting was Overtaken By Events (ie., glad you’re home from the hospital– again!– Tina!).  We did some discernment about discernment, and decided that we would do some minor discernment, then wait a week to have our Discernment Guru (ie., Master Mike Croghan) back in his Seat of Contemplation(tm).  So please join us on Sunday morning at 10:15am as we continue to pursue the question, “God, where would you have Common Table go from here?”.  If you care about CT, your voice will be valued at this meeting. There is a potluck hosted by Good Shepherd afterward.  Hope to see... Read more

On the Table– August 5 through 11

Wow, what a fantastic trip!  Eight states, over 2200 miles, tons of fantastic family, four Weber grills, three thrift stores, and way too much fast food.  At the same time, it’s great to be back home, catching up on sleep and driving very *little* and reveling in a detox diet rich in vegetables and fish and tofu.  This Sunday morning we will be continuing our group discernment around the topic, “Where would God have Common Table Church go from here?”  I’ll be kicking things off with a ‘State of the Church’ reflection, and then we will quiet ourselves to listen to... Read more

It’s all BS

This morning at CT I did a dramatic (I guess?) reading of the text below, which is just a minor re-casting of Ecclesiastes 1-2 in my own words (but mostly the words of the CEB translation). The words of a coder for a newspaper company, Tom’s son, an occasional poet in northern Virginia: Utter BS, says the coder. Utter BS! It’s all just BS. Why do people work so hard under the sun? I mean, what do we get out of it, really? Our parents worked, we work, our kids will work. Nothing changes. The sun rises, the sun sets,... Read more

On the Table– July 22 through 28

This Sunday, Tina and Mike are at the wheel (literally and metaphorically) as Common Table handles the delivery of food (prepared by our hosts at Good Shepherd) to Bethany Center in Northwest DC.  If you’d like to join in the fun and food and service and (light) cleanup, let us know or just be there about 11:30am.   We’ll be back to our regular schedule at Good Shepherd on August 4 at 10:15am. And we are planning our next Discernment Meeting for August 11. Hope you can make it! Enjoy the cooler weather!  It feels like such a gift.  –Mike Stavlund Read more