Welcome Table: A Christian Community of the Disciples of Christ

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.

In 1907,

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.

In 1987,

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.

In 2014,

no longer on Findlay Street, we changed our name to Welcome Table—eager to grow into what that name will ask of us.

Going forward,

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.

[01/08/17]   Happy New Year to us all! I know many of us are happy to see 2016 go but we also look to 2017 with much trepidation. If any of us listen to any kind of news, (and I know most of us do) we are hearing ways that the Affordable Care Act will be gutted, how women’s reproductive health will be threatened and we may be in another war soon.
Listening to all this may make any of us just want to curl up and go back to bed. But friends our ancestors have been here before, been threatened before, and have nothing but their faith and strength fought back. And that is what we are called to do. We are called to resist and to love. And that is what I am going to do. Each week I am going to participate in one act of resistance in love. It might be volunteering with an interfaith youth group, donating money to a women’s organization or civil rights cause, it may just calling up a friend, having coffee and saying I am with you and that none of us is alone.
So look to this coming year as a year of living out your calling as a practicing Christian. I know it will make a difference! And what I plan to use as my daily prayer is one Kathy Lloyd sent me for all of us. Read it, pray it, be inspired by it, live it. Blessed Be for our community.

For the ancestors, who now dwell in the company of angels, accosted and assaulted while present upon the earth, enduring avalanches of animus of which have never been atoned,

I will resist.

For babies bombarded by bombs, bounties placed upon their beautiful heads at birth,

I will resist.

For the cacophony of cries citing crimes against humanity, callous cycles of crisis with casualties colored in chalk upon concrete,

I will resist.

Until the lion lays down with the lamb,

until we study war no more,

until everything is not just everything, but what it’s supposed to be,

I will resist.

Until we are free.

Against hate,

against racism,

against oppression,

against suppression,

against xenophobia,

I will resist.

Until peace is not just two digits raised in the air,

until justice flows like waters, and righteousness, like a mighty stream,

the LORD being my witness and my help,

I will resist.

Amen.

The candles are ready to be lit! Let there be light in the darkness! Come on down to Welcome Table at 4pm, you are most welcome!

[12/23/16]   Come be part of our interactive worship service tomorrow!

The service will be influenced by The Festival of Lessons and Carols, a service of Scripture and song that dates to the late 19th century in the Anglican Church. During WW II the service was heard globally through the BBC, and today is used all over the world in all the many denominations of Christianity. In this service, we listen to Scripture lessons which recount the promise of a Messiah, the Incarnation and being the hope for the world. Each lesson is followed by a carol or other song that reflects on the lesson's message.

We then end the service lighting candles reminding us we are indeed the light of the world. And no one can snuff out the light of Christ and justice!

Worship begins at 4pm!

Welcome Table: A Christian Community of the Disciples of Christ

When these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.
- Luke 21:28 (NRSV)
As we turn on the radio or TV it seems all around us are threats of violent attacks, natural disasters, war, disease, famine, and so much more. It seems when one injustice is won there is another to take it’s place, all to give a chance for fear to creep in our hearts. I think the question for us now and in the days, months and years to come, is how can we make sure fear does overwhelm and rule us?

We can be comforted and be given strength as we turn from the chaos and look to Jesus

We all struggle with concerns about our family, health, or finances. We hear daily about violence due to war or crime. Disease and natural disasters pose a constant threat. But you know these were all threats in the day of Mary and Joseph too. And in the midst of all those overwhelming issues they said yes to God and had a baby! As we know this was no ordinary baby, no this baby was called to bring justice and peace to the world.

To be a light in the darkness, to be calm in the storm and to lead a world that was in deep pain into hope. I think we can relate and I believe this makes us all the more ready for the baby to come.

God’s people got through the ugliness that was presented to them in history. We too will get through these times because Emmanual, God is with us! Jesus is our source of comfort, hope, and joy in the midst of chaos, and because Jesus is source of comfort to us, it will give us the strength to rise up when WE are called. Blessed Be!

[12/20/16]   When these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.
- Luke 21:28 (NRSV)
As we turn on the radio or TV it seems all around us are threats of violent attacks, natural disasters, war, disease, famine, and so much more. It seems when one injustice is won there is another to take it’s place, all to give a chance for fear to creep in our hearts. I think the question for us now and in the days, months and years to come, is how can we make sure fear does overwhelm and rule us?

We can be comforted and be given strength as we turn from the chaos and look to Jesus

We all struggle with concerns about our family, health, or finances. We hear daily about violence due to war or crime. Disease and natural disasters pose a constant threat. But you know these were all threats in the day of Mary and Joseph too. And in the midst of all those overwhelming issues they said yes to God and had a baby! As we know this was no ordinary baby, no this baby was called to bring justice and peace to the world.

To be a light in the darkness, to be calm in the storm and to lead a world that was in deep pain into hope. I think we can relate and I believe this makes us all the more ready for the baby to come.

God’s people got through the ugliness that was presented to them in history. We too will get through these times because Emmanual, God is with us! Jesus is our source of comfort, hope, and joy in the midst of chaos, and because Jesus is source of comfort to us, it will give us the strength to rise up when WE are called. Blessed Be!

[12/17/16]   As we get ready to welcome the baby, now more than ever, thoughts of sanctuary come to mind, what are ways you are being sanctuary?

Forgiveness Ceremony Unites Veterans And Natives At Standing Rock Casino

huffingtonpost.com

This image is priceless. And the lamb shall forgive the lion.

huffingtonpost.com "We came. We fought you. We took your land. We signed treaties that we broke."

[12/05/16]   A thought from a clergy colleague, the Rev. Becca Girrell: Has it ever occurred to us that when Jesus says, "the poor you will always have with you," that he is not giving permission to ignore economic injustice and take it as a given? Have we considered that perhaps he is saying that no matter what we do, we cannot separate our theology, spirituality, and ethics from questions of economic justice, and, more to the point, that we can never separate ourselves from those *people* living in poverty, but must remain *with* one another by staying in relationship and centering the voices and concerns of those living in poverty?
Just asking. .

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