Come to the Table Bible study progresses

The St. Luke’s “Come To The Table” event, which launched in September, continues to progress nicely. Each month we’ve chosen contemporary Christian songs with specific themes intended to re-enforce a particular scripture reading and Bible study. Each month’s song and lesson has built on previous Bible studies.

The first session used the song “Come To The Table,” by Sidewalk Prophets to emphasize that all are invited to a place beside Jesus at His holy table, and become heirs in His eternal kingdom. The scripture reading was from 2 Corinthians 5:14-21. In October, we used the song “The Well,” by Casting Crowns. This song invites everyone to accept the gift of salvation through the living water that Christ offers. The scripture reading was John 4:4-14 and Exodus Exodus 7:1-7. We discussed the times when Jesus offered the living water to both the Hebrews walking through the desert, and the woman at the well. The lesson here is that we all thirst for a water that only He can provide: the living water. Our November session examined the song “I Am New,” by Jason Gray, which tells us that once Christ gives us the living water, we are now made new and need to use the talents given to us by God to proclaim the good news of Christ. The scripture reading was from Romans chapter 7:4-7. Now that Jesus has completed His work on earth, we must come to faith in Him in order to be made new.

Appropriately for our December session, we had a Christmas theme. The song was “Joseph’s Lullaby,” by MercyMe, which is a lovely song that humanizes Jesus. It is easy for us to forget that Jesus started out as a human child who had very basic human needs: he cried, he soiled himself, he got hungry, he needed Mary and Joseph to care for him. He needed to be taught all the things that only a father can teach his son…how to be a man and respect each person and respect the fact that God loves them too. Joseph prays to God that for just a short time, he can be the earthly father of Jesus, and teach Him those things that earthly fathers need to teach their sons. The scripture reading was from Matthew 1:18-25, the nativity story describing Joseph’s struggle to accept Mary’s pregnancy and what it meant. After a dream, he accepts that Mary is the chosen vessel through which the savior of the world will be delivered.

Music can pierce the heart in a way that simple words cannot. Using the music to proclaim a message that is originated through biblical stories helps some to draw closer to Christ because it touches their hearts differently. Music can also transcend generations. There are so many songs that proclaim the good news of Christ to children and adults alike. Using music to deliver the message is important to Come To The Table. God is speaking through many mediums. If we can use music as one of those mediums to enforce the message through biblical study, then in the end, we are all that much closer to understanding the Good News of Christ’s promise of salvation by His sacrifice on the cross. As we look forward to 2019, we will continue along a path that tells the good news of the new and old testaments through the powers of music. We invite all to attend our next Come to the Table event on January 16th at 6 PM.

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Come To The Table: Accepting the Invitation

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church introduced a unique event designed to be a relaxing, family friendly Christian learning experience. Come to the Table is a scripture based bible study revolving around Christian Contemporary music. With dinner provided, the evening offers a laid back setting for the family to relax, enjoy a meal, and also feed the spirit with a short bible study, and open discussion.

Our first event was held on Wednesday evening, September 12th, and featured the Sidewalk Prophets song “Come To The Table”. We reflected on the song, relaying it to the scripture passage 2 Corinthians Chapter 5 verses 14-21. The song urges us to be ambassadors of Christ through reconciliation. Christ offers all people under heaven to share a place at the table with Him, no matter the circumstances, or situations we are in. And, He offers this reconciliation unconditionally. Christ died for us on the cross in order that we can be reconciled to the Father. He hopes we accept the invitation.

The lesson emphasized the part of the song where it teaches us about Grace. The song says, “We all start on the outside…the outside looking in. This is where Grace begins.” We all need the Grace God offers through Christ’s sacrifice, and there is no better metaphor for representing this than a table. God wants us to accept the invitation offered through Grace by coming to the table with all others under Heaven and sit beside Jesus. By accepting the invitation, we essentially extend reconciliation to those with whom we share the table. People of all backgrounds, and with every human circumstance come to the table with us, and we enter into a communal relationship with them…loving them as ourselves. And, we become Christ’s ambassadors of reconciliation through this communal relationship. Our discussion at “the table” was a true reflection of this lesson, as we touched on everything from the differences between Judaism and Christianity, to whether cats and dogs get to go to Heaven. While different ages, races, gender and opinions were represented, all accepted the invitation to commune, converse, and to hear the Word of the Lord.

Come to the Table offers families a relaxed environment, where they can come and be served, and not be burdened with cooking and cleaning. Designed to serve the community, we want to be ambassadors of Christ, with a heart of compassion, understanding, and a welcoming spirit. We want to feed both the body and the spirit through dinner and scripture using contemporary Christian music.

So please accept our invitation to come spend an evening with us. That Sin and Shame that you brought with you, you can leave them at the door, and let Mercy draw you near. The event will be hosted once monthly. God’s love is unending, and He gives it to us freely each and every day. We need to turn that around and share that love with our neighbors. We can offer a meal and friendship to the community, allowing us to reflect the light of Christ to the world. Help us to reflect that light as often as you can by becoming an ambassador just like we hope to become. Stay tuned for more information on the next Come to the Table event!

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St. Luke’s Hosts “Come To The Table” Community Event

St. Luke’s invites all our friends and neighbors to gather with us on Wednesday evening, September 12 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM. Allow us to prepare dinner so you may enjoy time with your family, neighbors and new friends. After dinner, stick around as we explore the Bible through contemporary Christian music and conversation. Space is limited, and registration is required. Visit the event details for more information.

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