Everyone is invited to attend! This class is open to everyone – those who enjoy a short-term focus, classes who want to take a summer break from their usual groups to meet with others for the summer, and others who are interested in the study topic. We will be meeting in the Small Fellowship Hall.
July 1 – August 5: Table Grace: The Role of Hospitality in the Christian Life by Douglas Webster. We will also be using this book as a part of our worship focus. The book is available for purchase at the first few sessions of each class offering. They are also available as Kindle editions for those who prefer to use their e-readers.
Description: When we as Christians open our homes to friends and strangers, set the table, put on a meal, and break bread together, we invite God’s blessing. This pattern of hospitality is at the heart of the gospel. Food for the body and food for the soul can and does belong together. Table fellowship fits into the New Testament narrative so unobtrusively that we can almost miss it. Jesus used simple hospitality and meal time conversations to share some of the most profound truths of the gospel. Our Faith is often squeezed into a corner of life reserved for church services and Bible study groups. But God desires to be at the center of our ordinary, every-day life together and never more so than in a home open to others.
Table grace is food for the mind, a metaphor for communion with God.
Table grace is food for the body, a means for sustaining physical strength.
Table grace is food for the soul, a method for understanding God’s values
Table grace is food for the hungry, a model for serving Christ and his Kingdom.
Doug Webster is a seasoned pastor and a remarkable teacher and preacher of God’s Word. In this book, he weaves a biblical tapestry of hospitality, revealing its connection to worship, prayer, and the renewal of church today. A wonderful introduction to a major theme of scripture. readable, wise and engaging. Timothy and Denise George Beeson Divinity School, Samford University.