On the Table, April 30 to May 6

Hey, Tablers, If any of your metaphorical ears (or twitter feeds) are burning these days, it’s because I am in Minneapolis, sharing at a conference about church planting, and involuntarily bragging about my favorite church plant.  Hope y’all don’t mind too much. Tonight we will gather with our friends at  the Lamb Center for a pizza and Karaoke party.  Bring your children (if any), your singing voice (if any) and your silly self (you know you have one).  We’ll gather at 6 for setup, the singing starts at 6:30, and we’ll sing ‘Amazing Grace’ and finish up by 8.  Good... Read more

On the Table – April 23rd through the 29th

Hi church, Well, it’s still Easter Season (alleluia!) and this Sunday is the fifth Sunday of the month, which means that we will not be gathering at Jammin’ Java for the second week in a row. But that doesn’t mean we’re not gathering!  First of all, all the single ladies (and also the ladies who are not single) are invited to a baby shower to celebrate Luke Benjamin, the long-awaited, much-beloved son of Pam and Craig!  Gather at Dogwood Tavern (132 W Broad St, Falls Church, VA 22046) on Saturday from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM, and give a shout to Jen... Read more

On the Table – April 16th through the 22nd

Hi church, Liturgically speaking (and I’ll confess that I like to speak liturgically from time to time), this coming Sunday is the third Sunday of the season of Easter.  So I hope you’re experiencing this season as a time of resurrection! Regular-old-calendar-ly speaking, it’s the fourth Sunday in April, which means that we won’t be gathering at Jammin’ Java for a worship service. However – if we can adopt for the moment the parlance of late 20th-century / early 21st-century environmental care, we might note that this Sunday is Earth Day!  That makes it an excellent day to engage in... Read more

On the Table: April 9 through 15

There is lots of stuff abuzz around Common Table– people moving, people staying put, people paring down, and people going to Africa. On Saturday, a bunch of us will be helping a family move in the morning, while another crew will be working in the afternoon to help another family stay put (landscaping, fence-mending, and food-eating). Then on Sunday, we’ll be mustering at Jammin’ Java at 10am to hear from Jen and Israel.  They have some great thoughts on simplicity that have been borne out of their quest to pare down their life to the essentials before their move to... Read more

On the Table – April 2nd through Easter Sunday, April 8th

Dear church, Well, here we are.  Lent is drawing to a close.  The Kids Team started us off on our walk through Holy Week with an amazing All-Ages Palm Sunday service, and the Triduum – the Three Great Days of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter – are upon us. This week, we gather with Jesus and his disciples for the Last Supper.  We remember Christ’s institution of the Eucharist, and of washing one another’s feet.  We sheepishly recall the New Commandment:  “Love each other. Just as I have loved you, so you also must love each other. This is... Read more