On the Table– May 20 through 26

Hey, a nice long weekend is upon us! (Unless you do shift work, in which case I apologize.) Here’s hoping you have some extra time and space to slow down and savor the things that bring you joy.  If you’re in town on Sunday, we’d love to have your help serving the women of Bethany in DC.  The food is all provided by our friends at Good Shepherd, and this month I’m excited to report that they will also be making a vegetarian dish to share with the women who prefer it.  There are many ways to take part:  –my family... Read more

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

~sermon/Story from May 5

John 21:1-19  After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself in this way.  Gathered there together were Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.  Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus... Read more

On the Table– May 6 through 12

Preparations are well underway for our big cooking event to support Good Shepherd’s car show on Saturday morning.  The food and grills and charcoal will all be on site, so come if you can help (and feel free to bring a grill as well!).  It’s a lot of fun making sandwiches for 300 people, and they are mighty appreciative of the delicious lunch!  We’ll fire up the fun at 9am, but come when you can and stay as long as you like.  We’d love to see you! On Sunday we’ll be looking at the Lectionary reading, and letting it look at... Read more

On the Table– April 29 through May 5

In the three year cycle of the Lectionary, we once again come to the divine imprimatur for grilling– the passage where the resurrected Jesus cooks fish over a charcoal fire (which, we should say, is what anyone who had been dead for several days would do…).  Jesus was a griller!  Not gas, but CHARCOAL!! It’s right there in Gospel black-and-white! Go thou and do likewise. So we will of course keep an eye on the weather, but I’d say there is a good chance of flavor this Sunday morning at Common Table.  Join us at 10:15 at Good Shepherd UMC. Hope to... Read more