F O U N D A T I O N S 78 All members must be diligent in taking time for personal prayer mornings and evenings and throughout the day. All must take an active part in seeing that Christ alone is Master among us. Then God will be free to pour out his love on us and the world; then he can perform great deeds and “do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think.” The Common Table 108 Our common meals, which we share daily, are an important and joyful part of church community life. Each meal is a time of thanksgiving. We often invite visitors, neighbors, friends, and newcomers as guests to our table, whether in our family homes or communal dining hall; through practicing hospitality as commanded by Scripture, everyone is enriched. When eating together, we celebrate occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries, often with children’s performances, music, or other presentations. We observe the major holidays of the church calendar with special festivity: Advent and Christmas, Holy Week and Easter, Ascension Day and Pentecost. Taken in a spirit of thanksgiving, every mealtime gains deep significance through Jesus’ example. He ate and drank with outcasts and sinners, fed the five thousand, and broke bread with his disciples as a sign of friendship. In Scripture he speaks of his wish to be with us in the same way: “Behold, I stand at the door John 14:12–14 Eph 3:14–21 Acts 2:46; 1 Tim 4:4 Heb 13:1–2; 1 Pet 4:9 Mark 2:13–17; Luke 14:12–24 John 6:1–15 John 21:1–14 Rev 3:20