Music Reflection: “At This Table”

 

Lyrics

At this table, everyone is welcome
At this table, everyone is seen
At this table, everybody matters
No one falls between

At this table, you can say whatever
At this table, you can speak your mind
At this table, everything’s forgiven
There’s enough for everyone

So come as you are
Remember that the door is always open
Yes, come as you are
The perfect gift that you can bring is your heart
So, come, come as you are

At this table, there will be no judgement
At this table, mercy has a seat
At this table, we’re all sons and daughters
There’s no place I’d rather be

So come as you are
Remember that the door is always open
Come as you are
The perfect gift that you can bring is your heart
Come
Come as you are
Come as you are, oh

At this table, everyone is welcome
At this table, everybody cares
At this table, everybody matters
So, come, pull up a chair

Reflection

Every so often, a song will come out that catches me off guard and I only become aware of it because it begins circulating online. This is one of those songs. I must admit, I’ve been a long time fan of Idina Menzel and her work, but I hadn’t known she was putting out a new album this last Holiday Season, and then this song fell into my lap.

Read the lyrics, that’s really all I can say as far as a message goes. I could spend hours discussing the power behind them. Through my lens, I immediately thought of the Table at which we gather for Holy Communion and the implications of living out the message of this song in the life of the church. If I had the range to sing this song, it would be the invitation I’d recited before Holy Communion every time. This song is what I dream the church can truly be for our society. The place where people can come and feel mercy and not judgment. A place where healing can occur.

At this table, there will be no judgement
At this table, mercy has a seat
At this table, we’re all sons and daughters
There’s no place I’d rather be

So come as you are
Remember that the door is always open
Come as you are
The perfect gift that you can bring is your heart
Come

In order for the church to be a place for each of us who already take part in is life to receive mercy, we must also be vessels that offer that mercy and welcome to people not currently part of the life of the church. We have to be reflections of the amazing grace that we’ve been given in order for others to experience it as well. We must live as open tables, inviting and welcoming each person that crosses our paths. Our opinions will differ, our experiences will be diverse, and our needs will vary. At the end though, God sends us the message that “At this table, everybody matters.”

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