A table is used for many purposes whether it is in a home, a church or at a camp. We eat, work and play around the table. At the National Camp Gathering, we will explore our faith and our call from around the table as we celebrate, connect, create and share with one another and with God through our worship time together.
Monday: Celebrate @ the Table
Text: Matthew 9:9-13. Jesus’ Dinner with Matthew and the Tax Collectors.
Key Verse: Psalm 23:5 “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.”
We carefully choose who we eat with and who we invite to dine out our table. We are reminded through the way Christ lived His life that God has called all of us, saints and sinners alike, to be honored guests at God’s table. We celebrate that we are invited and that God has prepared the table for us, providing us with all that we need to nourish our day-to-day life and to prepare us for the ministry that we are called to.
Tuesday: Connect @ the Table
Text: Matthew 26:26-29. The Last Supper.
Key Verse: 2 Timothy 1:9 “He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time.”
Christ has called each of us to His table, a table of grace and salvation. At His table we are able to connect with Him and with one another, remembering that we are all broken pieces that fit together to make one family of Christ. We celebrate the Eucharist as a symbol of Christ’s sacrifice for us and as a reminder that we are the body of Christ together.
Wednesday: Create @ the Table
Text: Luke 7:36-43. Jesus Anointed by a Sinful Woman.
John 1:1-3 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him, nothing was made that has been made.”
As we read the creation story and the prologue of the Gospel of John, we are reminded of the beauty of God’s creation and that God’s fingerprints are on everything that has come into being in this world. We also remember that we are the stewards of creation, being co-creators with God in this task. In this intimate moment in Jesus’ ministry, a sinful woman does not dwell on the mistakes that she has made but creates a sacred moment as she makes a great sacrifice to anoint Jesus’ feet and provide for His well being. We are challenged, no matter our station, to create moments where God can break through and bless us as well as those around us.
Thursday: Share @ the Table
Text: John 21:1-13. Jesus and the Miraculous Catch of Fish.
Key Verse: Luke 14:13-14a “But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed.”
In our call to be disciples, God not only serves us at God’s table, but we are able to be hosts at the table as well. As we prepare to rise from the table of this event, we are challenged to think about where we take the invitation to a relationship with Christ. As the disciples were called to cast their net on the other side of the boat, we are called to stretch our boundaries and to go beyond our comfort zones to take the good news to all people and in all ways. There are many who are waiting for an invitation, so take thou authority and share the good news.