About the Table
"Christ revealed in common life"
(What we hope to do)
Our mission is to draw the people of the Saanich Peninsula into communion with Christ, community with one another, and to send people on a mission to bless our neighbours. In doing so we hope to see Jesus Christ revealed in our common life. Therefore, our mission statement (based on Jesus’ summary of the law in Matthew 22:37-40) is as follows:
“Our mission is to love God, love each other, and love and bless our neighbours so that we may see Christ revealed in common life…”
(What we long for)
We long to live our lives as “a Gospel-formed community of priests on mission”
Gospel: The Gospel draws us to God, we are saved through it (justification), and we are formed through it (sanctification). We aim to share the Gospel through creative biblical communication that is biblical faithful, translated to our culture, dialogical, and engaging.
Formed: We are formed through conversion, discipleship, and sanctification, all the work of the Holy Spirit – Ephesians 4:11-13
Community: We are created in the image of God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We are, therefore, not created to live in individual isolation, but as a community. Our hope is to grow together and share life as priests (disciples of Christ) on mission. - Mark 10
Priests: Experts at meeting with God and mediating his blessing to the world – Genesis 12, 1 Peter 2:9-10
Mission: we aim to share the gospel through inviting others into our community and through worship that is accessible, yet remains a beautiful offering to God – Matthew 28, 1 Peter 2:9-10
Why ‘The Table’?
(Who we hope to be)
We long to be Christ-focused/Word-centred, for apart from the living Christ proclaimed in Scripture there is no hope.
We long for spiritual in-breaking when we meet, for it is only through the activity and presence of God that there is transformation, genuine worship, and divine life.
We long for sacrificial fellowship, since Christ revealed the cost of love and the Holy Spirit empowers us to live this out with one another.
We long for every-member ministry, since all Christians form the body of Christ with each member using their gifts for His mission to the world.
We long to creatively engage with God, one another, creation, and culture.
We long for an inward-growing faith, that we might internalize the truths of Scripture and grow in our knowledge of the living God through study, prayer, community, sacraments, and personal devotion.
We long for an out-reaching love, for apart from authentic, active service there is no true religion.