Willie Nelson sings in this opening track from Yesterday’s Wine:
“Can You use me?”
Dr. Bob Shelton at our pub night on Tuesday let us linger a bit in this line. It can be a haunting question, especially in this instance as it is posed to God. What’s my purpose? What’s my place? What am I here on earth to do?
I suppose it’s a question all of us must answer in some fashion or another, even if our answer is, nothing.
However, if you keep asking this question, you usually do discover an answer, something as my friend Monte once said, “you cannot NOT do”.
This question is what is calling me to leave Dallas and move back to the DC area to continue to serve and work for wholeness, hope, and love in our world. Can you use me, Lord? Yes – get up and go.
This question will continue to call others in our community who are looking to make a difference, who are seeking something more fulfilling than the 9 to 5 grind, or what have you. It will continue to challenge the Table community, the pub ministry, and East Dallas Christian Church. It will continue to shape the lives of the young and the old, the restless and courageous.
How do you answer that question? Can God use you? And if so, for what?
I’m excited about our big conversation tonight with Dr. Bob Shelton.
Here are a few details about the event in case anyone has last minute questions.
- The event starts at 7:30 pm in the band room at Bryan Street Tavern. As you enter, head to the back of the space and to the right, past the pool tables. You’ll find us and the delicious pizza.
- Parking can be plentiful or hard to come by – there will be a Rangers game going on, so there may be a crowd watching that. If you can’t find parking in front of the Tavern, you can park in the lot behind or along the street.
- The pizza is free, and we’ll have plenty of it (and all variations). Any other drinks are on you.
- There will be time for some questions, so if you have something to share, don’t hesitate.
- If you want to drop off your child for childcare, get to the church after 7:00 pm. Go to the back parking lot to the main green awning. We’ll have two nursery workers that night and lots of toys. If your child crashes early, you can even put them in their pajamas if you want. Our nursery workers will have you sign in and leave a cellphone number, in case of any issue. You can pick up your kids at anytime. The nursery will be open till 9:30 pm.
I can’t wait to see you all tonight! You can still RSVP on Facebook if you want.
Bits of the Table worship from last Sunday, including Rev. Deborah’s sermon about discipleship:
Sunday was an emotional day for me – preaching about Jesus as servant and making a huge announcement -
I have accepted a call to serve as Senior Pastor at University Christian Church in Hyattsville, MD.
It’s not easy to leave a people and place that you love. I am still very passionate about the Table and about East Dallas Christian Church. It really is an amazing bunch of folks who are working hard to make a difference in our community. The mission of this congregation will continue on without me, possibly in new directions as God continues to shape and lead them.
The good news is that Rev. Douglass Anne Cartwright will be stepping up to continue to lead our worship as a community. She is also going to lend her presence, along with Bob Hearne, at our Faith in the City pub ministry. The radical invitation to join Christ at the welcome table will be shared each and every week at 629 N. Peak and around the neighborhood.
My last Sunday will be September 30. In addition to a reception on that day, there will be other opportunities throughout the week to celebrate what God has done and continues to do through our community. God is still good – God is still sending us to share the good news and bring others to join the celebration. I am grateful to have shared in this awesome work.
I’ll be sharing more reflections and hopes in the weeks to come. See you soon!
It was an eventful weekend for the Table and East Dallas Christian Church. I’ll have another update tomorrow about that, but for now, I wanted to remind everyone to join us at Stackhouse Burgers tonight, 7:30 pm, for delicious food and great conversation.
Yes, that’s right – it’s another Faith in the City pub night!
We’ll be looking at a real fun question from Banned Questions about Jesus. Basically, why did Jesus sometimes not observe the Sabbath? Did he break the laws of the Old Testament? And if so, how do we know what rules/laws apply from the Bible?
In addition, jot down a special pub night on Tuesday, September 25, 7:30 PM. More details to come! It’s going be to a good time.