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OUR FULL HUMANITY IS CONTINGENT ON OUR HOSPITALITY: WE CAN BE COMPLETE ONLY WHEN WE ARE GIVING SOMETHING AWAY.


ALICE WATERS

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Why a table?


Hospitality is the practice of making friends and family out of strangers. Being hospitable requires intentional generosity to bless and benefit others––the giving of your home, your food, your love. It's sharing the gifts of family with people outside the family.

That's why the gospel is about God's hospitality.


God finds strangers and makes them his family. He invites them to His table. The grace we’ve been shown in Jesus hinges on the character of a hospitable God. It is this picture of the gospel that we hope to live out in our neighborhoods.


Meals play a central role in the Bible–– Jesus' table fellowship with sinners, the Lord's table, and final marriage feast of the Lamb, to name a few. In fact, creation itself is a story of God placing us in a great house (or garden) full of food to enjoy.

Yet, as the proverb goes, 'Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a fattened ox and hatred with it.' Meals are not simply for eating, they are the setting for deep communion and love––where true welcome and friendship are forged. And that's why our worship culminates each week in a meal, the Lord's Supper.

The free, generous hospitality of God is the backbone of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and it gives us an image of both our identity in Christ and what life can look like with Christ. We are to be a hospitable people, with open homes and open hearts.

And it is around our tables that we learn about each other's lives, genuinely love, and cultivate opportunities to live out the gospel… which is the embrace of a welcoming God. Jesus calls his followers to eat, drink, and be merry... and taste their future.

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