Sally Clarkson explains in her book "The Life-Giving Table," how each meal is an opportunity to practice Tableology: Gather. Bless. Eat. Share. Service.
Tableology is making the table the center of our homes,
just as the table (along with the cross and the baptism pool),
lay at the center of our church.
- Gather together as family and friends, putting away all distraction.
- Bless the meal, give thanks to God, and welcome Him to the table.
- Eat! Enjoy the food, for it is good!
- Share with one another, not just the food, but also your souls.
- Serve one another, then, nourished from the meal, go out to serve our world as the hands of Jesus.
I closed the service with a list of ways that you can begin to practice Tableology.
It's a long list. Don't be overwhelmed.
Read it through as decide which ones you will prioritize this Christmas and in the seasons ahead:
- Morning devotions (prayer and bible reading) over a cup of coffee
- Family devotions in the morning with the book or bible reading plan of your choice
- A home cooked dinner, as many nights of the week as possible, with family devotions and prayers to follow
- Friday night pizza night with home-made pizzas and a movie
- Game night once a month at the table with appetizers
- Sunday morning brunch with all the fixings followed by worship
- Birthday breakfast in bed for each member of the family
- Family and Friends Thanksgiving
- A Christmas birthday party for Jesus with a gift given to church or mission
- Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor day cookouts with neighbors and yard games
- Once-a-month dinner club with friends
- Once-a-month date night with your spouse or best friend
- Girls Night Out with mom and daughter(s)
- Boys Night Out with dad and son(s)
- A “Bar Mitzvah” party on your kids 13th birthday
- Serving and sharing dinner at the SWSN