Welcome to Welcome Table! We who are already part of this Christian community give thanks for the ways God has been manifest in our life–and in yours.
a new congregation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) was started in the Rainier Valley on Findlay Street. In a 1967 pictorial directory were these words: what will happen in the next sixty years no one knows but we may confidently say that all leaders are concerned that our church fulfill its responsibility in our changing world.
Findlay Street was the Disciples first “open and affirming” congregation, welcoming persons of different sexual orientation “just as God has welcomed us.” Now we are eager to grow into a deeper understanding and practice of inclusiveness.
The last seven years
have been devoted to situating ourselves for the 21st century, creating a vision for sacred space and mission for us, our children, and our children’s children. We sold our building on Findlay Street in 2006 and have been graciously housed in Mt. Baker Park Presbyterian Church.
We bought land in the urban village of N. Beacon Hill and are working to build a sanctuary and 3 apartments which will eventually give us an endowment for mission. As a people of prayer a labyrinth will be set in the floor. As people who care about the earth we will continue our love of green space with some form of urban agriculture. We will move to a new neighborhood as listeners and learners, discovering new ways to serve.
no longer on Findlay Street, we changed our name to Welcome Table—eager to grow into what that name will ask of us.
with the help of God, we want to be:
* a people of prayer, listening for God’s leading and celebrating God’s transforming grace;
* a community of storytellers, giving witness to how we have seen God at work in creation;
* a congregation of mission, especially dedicated to a ministry of reconciliation in a world so divided by racism, violence, and economic disparity;
* a people of repentance, who give thanks for the forgiving love we have known through Jesus Christ; and
* a community of hope, who, without minimizing the tragedies of life, also affirm that suffering and death do not have the final word.
Some of the community's youth (of all ages) performed near the end of Easter Worship.
While we vigil and prepare for resurrection: A gift from the Trinity Choirhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-MDlTfMElo
[04/05/17] The community of Welcome Table prays for the innocent moms, dads, the sons, daughters, the Christian, Muslim people of Syria. God in your mercy hear our prayers.
Last night at our Board of Director's meeting at Welcome we affirmed we will stand with the immigrant and refugee because as people of faith, that is what we are called to do. Tomorrow the statement below will be sent to our elected officials. Proposal for Statement of Purpose: Upholding and Affirming the Integrity of Faith Institutions in Accompanying Immigrants and Refugees in our Midst
“While congregations are still considered “sensitive locations” by Immigration and Customs Enforcement – and so are not being entered into directly by ICE – we affirm that we already know and serve in the freedom that our houses of worship are sacred spaces.
In the face of scapegoating and dehumanization of immigrants and refugees and the creating of a climate of fear through new priorities for apprehension, detention and deportation, we uphold our religious duty to welcome the stranger as neighbor and to preserve family unity. We assert our rights to protect the integrity of our spaces, which we will not allow to be violated. With faithful confidence, we uphold the principles of human dignity, due process, the right to free exercise of religion in keeping with the First Amendment to the Constitution, and equal protection under the law.”
1I lift up my eyes to the hills— from where will my help come?
2My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
3He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber.
4He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
5The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade at your right hand.
6The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.
7The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life.
8The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and forevermore.
Wow! This text seems so right on doesn’t it? We have so many reasons to feel tired and beleaguered.
Every day it seems there is a new injustice to fight,that the sun has not shown for months (and according the news it hasn’t) that many in our lives are sick, and we are taking care of them, the bills keep coming, it is a set up for weariness.
But God reminds us in this text that God is with us even if we are weary. God is near and will take care of us.
So live into your weariness, rest when you need to, so no to something if you need to, be gentle with yourself for when need to, when we do this God will keep us safe from evil (or making bad decisions) In other words let go of some of your burdens,
God has got this and always will.
9“Pray then in this way: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.10Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.11Give us this day our daily bread. 12And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13And do not bring us to the time of trial, but rescue us from the evil one. 14For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; 15but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
16“And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show others that they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. 17But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18so that your fasting may be seen not by others but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
19“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; 20but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
We have entered the Holy season of Lent take time these next forty days to take on. Take time to get rid that which you do not need so you can take on something more. Make some space on a bookshelf so you can take on that book about justice and love you always wanted to get. Get rid of some screen time in your life and take on this time you now have to visit a friend and share a conversation. Turn off the radio or TV and take in some meditation time. Whatever works for you to get grounded and centered take time this season and take it on. You will be grateful for it.
We offer many prayers today and stand with our brothers and sisters who are suffering. We offer prayers of love and justice to our Jewish brothers and sisters who have had to face hate this weekend. We stand with you against these acts of cowardly violence.
And we pray for all those who are still living and protecting God's lands at Standing Rock, all have been told if they do not leave by Wednesday will be arrested. In God's Holy name we stand with you as you protect this Holy Ground.
In God's Holy name.....hear our prayers.
Last week at church we had folks pair up and read this text to one another and so we thought we could share with you friends on facebook. We don't know what the days, weeks, months look like ahead but what you can know is your are blessed and your do not serve any political party but a God of justice you believes you are Blessed: So receive.
Matthew 5:3-12, NRSV
3“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. 6“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. 7“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. 8“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. 9“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. 10“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11“Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
The Matthew 5 text is perfect this week. Friends, indeed YOU are the light of the world, YOU are the ones who is going to bring hope to a confused place, YOU are the ones who knows love must always Trump hate and YOU are the ones who may even teach it with a little saltiness, so go forth telll the good news, resist evil and be the LIGHT!
13“You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot. 14“You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. 15No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
17“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. 18For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. 19Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
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