From August 19 through September 23, we will be exploring John Pavlovitz’ book A Bigger Table and taking a closer look at who Jesus ate with. A bigger table implies being in relationship with others seated at the table with us, not merely serving others. How can we continue to make the table bigger?
On August 19, Senior Pastor Kathi McShane will start off the series with a look at Fred Rogers’ life and work from the documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor at the morning services, and author John Pavlovitz will be our special guest preacher at the evening service. The series will continue with a look at some of the people Jesus ate with:
- August 26: Martha (the too-busy, distractible ones), Luke 10:38-42
- September 2: Judas (the betrayer), Matthew 26:20-25
- September 9: The Canaanite woman (the challengers), Matthew 15:21-28
- September 16: James and John (the ambitious), Mark 10:35-45
- September 23: Nathaniel (the racist), John 1:43-50
The table is not our table, but God’s table. Making it a bigger table is messy work, but we are incomplete until everyone is invited to the table. Come learn from Jesus’ example and consider who we need to sit with, who will change us as we sit with them.