Because of state restrictions and not having had an opportunity to sit down at the table together The Mercy Table often looks like their focus is about food insecurity. Although, it can help to meet that need The Mercy Table’s mission is a collaborative effort of our community with a singular purpose: to help people get from one side of the table to the other through community engagement, friendship, fellowship, and discipleship into an identity with Jesus Christ.
We understand many Christians, including ourselves, are not always the greatest at representing the God we serve. A God Who is the very definition of love. We ask that you show us the same mercy we’re ready to pour out on you, for we too are but mortal beings.
The Mercy Table’s goal is that each time we gather together we will shepherd God’s people with holy hospitality and dignity putting God on display and do our best to demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ beginning at the dinner table over a hot shared meal, conversation, and friendship. It is our prayer that God will organically orchestrate the unemployed sitting at the same table as the employer, the ill sitting next to the physician, the houseless sitting next to the landlord, the homeless sitting next to the person that has transitional housing to offer, the one who struggles with addiction sitting next to the rehabilitation counselor who has overcome, the foster child sitting next to the parents with a heart for adoption, and so on.
We will pray for you and with you. If you have an immediate basic need we can meet we will do our best to meet it. If we can’t meet it we’ll work with you to find someone who can. Examples of these needs are hygiene products, laundry items, grocery, resume writing, and the like.
The Bible is filled with sharing a meal and uses many food references to describe a relationship with Jesus Christ and other kingdom purposes. These following are just a few of the many examples.
1 Corinthians 10:31 “So, whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
Acts 2:46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts,
Acts 2:42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.
Deuteronomy 12:7 And there you shall eat before the Lord your God, and you shall rejoice, you and your households, in all that you undertake, in which the Lord your God has blessed you.
Romans 14:3 Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him.
Food Relational References.
John 6:35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.
Matthew 4:4 But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
John 6:27 Do not labor for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.”
Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
We look forward to seeing you this Palm Saturday, March 27th at 12:00 p.m. Great News… we are excited to share our first sit down community meal Saturday, April 24th.