Note: Word & Table will gather every Wednesday at Cafe Brasil at 7:45 p.m. Join us.
What people may not see at a Word and Table worship is how the whole thing evolved. What started from a practical concern about accommodating our growing congregation turned to an opportunity to try something different. Then what “different” meant kept evolving. Every week was something new.
It’s difficult to put into a few words.
What is harder to say is the way the evolution has felt organic, how it felt “led” in a way that no one present could take full credit for. The Spirit made manifest by the gathered people has taken us where we didn’t necessarily plan to go.
As I write this, it’s the day after our first Word and Table at Brasil. It was loud, distracting, chaotic---and nearly perfect. It was perfect in the way that God is perfect. Not ideal, not controlled, but dynamically perfect.
Understand, I will never tire of the full liturgy in a formal nave. I will always value quiet spaces for worship.
But being in public, making Eucharist in a place where the words of a neighbor is hard to hear-it’s a way of being the Body of Christ in the world that is seldom seen or experienced. It was, to me, surprising.
There is nothing about Word and Table that feels certain, and “success” may not be a word we want to even think about.
But this I will say without reservation: Something is happening here.
Our first "public" Word & Table last night was well received. We had sixteen in attendance, welcomed two first-time newcomers, saw the support of four members of Vestry, and had twelve patrons at Cafe Brasil take us up on the offer to buy them a coffee. We hope to see you next Wednesday, July 23, at Cafe Brasil.