Why Tables?

At Awaken, we take tables seriously. Why?

At Awaken, we take tables seriously. Why?

IT’S NOT ABOUT MY PRIVATE SPIRITUALITY, IT’S ABOUT GOD’S FAMILY

One of the most used images for the Church in New Testament is that of a FAMILY, specifically a “Household” or ‘Family of Families’.

We’re not doing brunches as a church because we’re bored and think this could be a nice happy way of killing some time. The posture of brunch forces us to think of ourselves differently.

As Christ-followers, for better or worse, we’re connected to each other as a family and Brunch helps us express the family side of Awaken in a way that regular Sunday “services” can’t.

WE NEED THE PRACTICE

When a muscle goes unused for a long period of time, it has to go through a process of intentional physical therapy to bring it back to normal use. The same is true of the formative role of community in the Church.

For the last year, we have been forced to physically separate from each other probably unlike any other time in our lives. But community is central to what the Church is. Without the rich, life-giving formation provided through Biblical community we become weak and sick as a church.

Prior to the COVID season, the church was already desperately weak in this area, COVID just further added to this weakness. Brunch exists to help us reuse this relational muscle again. 

THE EARLY CHURCH ATE TOGETHER

That’s right! The first Christians made it a regular practice to eat together. Christians of all ages, nationalities, and social classes met together at the same table for fellowship and encouragement. 

IT’S NOT ABOUT SPECTATING, IT’S ABOUT SERVING

We often call the Sunday gathering a “Service”. “The service was pretty good today” we might say as we leave the Sunday gathering. Too often the Sunday service positions church members as spectators and the ministers on the stage as the performers. 

Are you a spectator? Spectators come to consume the ‘service’ that the church organization provides. Spectators then go home rating its quality based on the organization’s ability to serve their needs and goals. (You can probably already tell we’re not too fond of this posture). 

The point of a Sunday ‘service’ is to gather, pray, proclaim God’s truth through song, and receive the Word of God alongside our brothers and sisters in Christ as we learn how to serve each other. But, believe it or not, all of these things still happen at the table. And in some ways, tables help us do these things even better!

Join us at the Table!