On the way to Sunday … a drink before dinner

When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” His disciples had gone into the town to buy food for dinner. John 4:7-8

You can read the rest of the story about Jesus’ drink at the well before dinner here.

The French call the before-dinner drink an apéritif. The Italians call it the aperitivo. In English, we call them aperitives. No matter the language, you are left holding a drink in your hand of some type.

The exact origin of a drink before dinner is unknown. Many trace the origins of the popular before dinner drink to the commercial production of vermouth in Italy as the drink was often served before dinner with finger foods such as nuts and olives.

Aperitives are supposed to stimulate your appetite. The root of the word is Latin which means “to open.” These drinks are supposed to get your stomach ready for food.

Truth is the ritual makes the meal a more memorable and prolonged experience for those involved.

Jesus invites us to drink from the ‘living water’.

Perhaps it is a means for Him to spend more time with us and prolong our relationship with Him.

When is the last time you took time to drink ‘living water’ with the Savior?

Join us Sunday morning and discover more with Jesus @ the Table and a drink before dinner.

Happy Valentine’s Day

The story goes that during the reign of Roman Emperor Claudius II many wars were being waged. The desire for a strong army met with the resistance that many men were not wanting to be soldiers. Claudius thought this was because to many men had wives and children that kept them wanting to be at home. As a result Cladius outlawed marriage. Reasoning that with no marriages men will ignore women and want to be soldiers.

Valentine was a priest that believed in marriage and as a result performed marriages in secret. Valentine was discovered and imprisoned. Valentine refused to recant his faith and to stop performing marriages. As a result he was sentenced to death. He was killed on the 14th of February in 269. It is reported that while he waited his execution he sent letters to friends and family signed Remember your Valentinee.

Who knows what is truth and what is legend?

It is good to think that someone believed so much in something that they were willing to risk death for what they believed was right.

Never forget that God loved you so much that He sent His one and only Son to die for you.

God loved you that much!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Clip art © by Dixie Allan, 

Ash Wednesday – Why it’s important

In many countries the last day before the Season of lent is Mardi Gras, Shrove Tuesday, or Carnival.

It has become a last fling before the solemnity of Lent.  For centuries is was customary to fast by abstaining from meat during Lent, which is why some people call the festival Carnival – which in Latin means a farewell to meat.

 Lent was a season in the early church that was used to prepare new converts for baptism on Easter Sunday.   Lent is 40 days in length (minus Sundays because they are mini-easter celebrations) – 40 is a reminder of the 40 years of wandering and the 40 days of temptation.

Ash Wednesday marked the beginning of the days until Easter with a reminder that we are mortal – from the dust we came from the dust we shall return.  So we receive the mark of the ashes as a reminder and the ashes come from the burnt remains of last year’s Palm Branches and serve to remind us of the cycle of life and the year that has passed us by.

On this Ash Wednesday we will learn come proper etiquette as it pertains the table and making reservations.  Oh and on this night – no Reservation is needed – just come.

Worship begins at 7:oo pm … it won’t last long … after all we are just getting started on our journey with Jesus on the way to Easter.