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

Faith is a Verb

LECTIONARY READINGS Lamentations 1:1-6 How lonely sits the city that once was full of people! How like a widow she has become, she that was great among the nations! She that was a princess among the provinces has become a vassal. She weeps bitterly in the night, with tears on her cheeks; among all her lovers she has no one to comfort her; all her friends have dealt treacherously with her, they have become her enemies. Judah has gone into exile with suffering and hard servitude; she lives now among the nations, and finds no resting place; her pursuers have... Read more

On the Table– October 7 through 13

Saying goodbye is never easy, especially when it’s to a church full of people.  People who, individually and collectively, have shaped you and changed you and made you into a much better and more Christlike person.   I know I’m not the only one who feels this way, as our final few gatherings have been somber.  They’ve reminded me of times that I’ve sat next to a bed as family gathered around a loved one to say goodbye and to wait with them for their death:  times of sadness and laughter and stories and memories and thankfulness and most of all,... Read more

On the Table– September 16 through 22

For the past three days, I’ve been distracted.  As I was packing up the tools on Sunday for work on Monday morning, I noticed an empty spot in one tool bag.  Where was my impact driver?  This question became an obsession.  When I wasn’t driving screws (with my less efficient cordless drill) for several hours on Monday and Tuesday, I was wracking my brain.   Oh.  It’s in another tool bag.  Oh.  It is in the trunk of the car.  I took it on the camping trip.  Oh.  It’s in the shed, near where I installed that bracket.  Oh.  I left it... Read more

On the Table– September 2 through 8

Hoo boy.  Sometimes following the Lectionary is like a sunny day where you shout, “Thanks, God! I really needed to hear this!”.  At other times, the Lectionary is a bit abrasive, and you feel like finding the smokey room where the mighty Lectionarians make their decisions and chasing them with a pitchfork for several minutes. Three guesses as to where Common Table finds itself this Sunday…https://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/texts.php?id=278 But we will not be cowed!  We will not run away!  We will not pull the blankets up over our head on Sunday morning!  Oh no!Join us on Sunday at 10:15am at Church of the Good... 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