Many thanks to those who made it out for our first two meetings for discernment, and for those who were praying from a distance. After looking over the arc of the two meetings, we are sensing the beginnings of consensus for the way forward.
In our first meeting, we heard a general sense that people want, and dare say need, Common Table to live on in its embodiment of God’s wishes for the world and for this community of faith. We also heard deep desires that our next moves be purposeful and clear… we also wish to be fair to our hosts at Jammin’ Java as well as our Pastor and give both parties as much notice of our actions as possible.
In our second meeting, things seemed to move in a more clear direction of this purpose, with discussion catalyzing around different meeting formats. Perhaps with more frequent meetings for service worship– reaching out to meet a need in our surrounding community, which would naturally displace our some of our weekly gathering for worship and discussion. We moved in this direction with some trepidation, fearing that not gathering every week at a central location might further disperse our energies, but at the same time with the hope that such projects would galvanize our group to some degree. We also spent some time considering moving toward less expensive meeting spaces (including homes, libraries, and even alternate hours at nearby churches). There seemed to be momentum around this, and there has been subsequent energy invested into pursuing such options.
In light of all of this, we wanted to have another meeting this coming Sunday, July 2 at Jammin’ Java. We’ll follow a very similar format as before, making space for silence and prayer and lots of patient listening to one another, as we hopefully move toward more clarity and consensus. We’ll also include a time of worship/discussion around Hebrews 10: 22-25 (posted below), which has resonated among people previously. In this way, we’d like to give folks the opportunity to dream together anew about what our meetings might look like.
We hope you can join us at 10:15.
Stacy, Mike, and Mike
Hebrews 10:22-25 Common English Bible (CEB)
Therefore, let’s draw near with a genuine heart with the certainty that our faith gives us, since our hearts are sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies are washed with pure water.
Let’s hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, because the one who made the promises is reliable.
And let us consider each other carefully for the purpose of sparking love and good deeds. Don’t stop meeting together with other believers, which some people have gotten into the habit of doing. Instead, encourage each other, especially as you see the day drawing near.