GOD's FAMILY TABLE Everyone is welcome! Starting Wednesday Sept 23, 2015.
1. What is God's Family Table?
God's Family Table is founded on the Biblical principal that we are all God's children and are all welcome at the table of grace. The table doesn't belong to Emmanuel Lutheran Church, or any single church, but the one true church that God invites us to participate in. God's Family Table is therefore open to all in our community as a new and dynamic way to experience God, and to walk together with our neighbors on this journey of faith. Through eating together, sharing our experiences by which we encounter God, praying, scripture, laughing and singing, we hope to enrich and enhance our relationship with God and each other.
2. Why is God's Family Table an opportunity?
God's Family Table answers the desires of many of our faith community to get together more often in fun and fellowship, in learning, in loving, for the sake of God who first loved us. It provides an avenue to educate and worship through fun and creative experiences across multi-generational lines, to share as Dr. Rich Melheim put it, the wisdom of the elder with the wonder of the child. Here is an opportunity to be the church, young and old together, talking faith, sharing faith, laughing faith, singing faith, loving the faith that God has given us.
3. What does God's Family Table look like?
So how do we do that? What does God's Family Table look like? Each Wednesday evening we will gather together for a meal in the Fellowship Hall at 5:30 PM. Each participant will be encouraged to sit at a table with some folks you don't know very well. There will be a mechanism to help you know which table you will be sitting at for the evening. As you enjoy your meal, you will begin Faith5.
4. What will we do?
Faith5 is a tool to deepen our relationship with God and each other by sharing 5 simple steps: Share, Read, Talk, Pray, Bless.
Share: Sharing the highs and lows of our day Read: Reading a Bible verse or story Talk: Relate your highs and lows to the Bible reading Pray: Praying for one another's highs and lows Bless: Blessing one and another
Following the meal we will begin to expand and explore the Bible reading and its place in our lives through music, drama, prayer exercises, and sharing. The evening will end with a benediction and a blessing. We will promptly close at 7:00 pm.