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19: The Welcome Table

November 30, 2012

Dear friends,

I once heard it said that the old Story of the Prodigal Son, that boy who wanders off spending his daddy’s inheritance in wasteful extravagance on wine and women, would be better called the Story of the Prodigal Father, because it is the father who turns out to be truly prodigal, extravagant in his embarrassing welcome, and altogether outrageous in his hospitality to the son who finally return home, this wearied boy who needs a welcome table at which he can sit a while, to be nourished and rested.

In one of those ancient texts from the Hebrew prophets, one I think the church people don’t read enough, it is said that the final act of the huan drama was to sit down at a table with the Creator, a table wet with well-aged wine and an altogether fine feast, and that at that feast the Creator would take away the death shroud that is spread over the nations, take away the death-dealing and life-taking, and wipe away the tears, sitting down at home with God. Maybe the country charts are not altogether crazy when the ask what it might be like to sit down and drink a beer with Jesus.

It strikes me as altogether beautiful that the texts of scripture use all sorts of pictures of domesticity and tables and home life to depict the sort of good life for which we were created and two which we shall return: besides the Prodigal Father and the neighborhood party, or the wining and dining of the Creator, there is the longing for a city in which there are streets “full of boys and girls playing in the streets thereof,” and every man shall sit under his own olive tree, and mothers weep no more for calamity that visits their children, and we and God are all at home together.

On such a note, we mourn with our friend Byron House the death of his parents last week, their lives taken by a car accident. Byron has been such a friend to us, and we are saddened with him in his loss. Such grieving reminds us again of the poignant relevance of the joyful domesticity, playful love, and welcome tables for which we long. And we shall seek tokens of such longings tonight.

Permit me last to say how very grateful I am for all the very many good souls that make Tokens possible. This has been one of the most enjoyable life experiments in which I have had the privilege to participate; it is truly an experiment in joy, an adventure in sheer delight. And it is our treat that you are here to enjoy it with us.

Peace,
Lee C. Camp

1: Sweet Sue

Our Most Outstanding Horen Mountain Boys

2: Tokens Theme

Our Most Outstanding Horen Mountain Boys

3: Opening Monologue

Lee C. Camp

4: Home

JohnnySwim

5: Bless 'Em All Y'all

The McCrary Sisters

6: TBA

Tokens Radio Players

7: In His Presence

Buddy Greene

8: Interview: Brian McLaren

Lee C. Camp and Brian McLaren

9: Bed of Roses

Dailey & Vincent

10: Do You Know You Are My Sunshine

Dailey & Vincent

11: Inter-d T'giving Gathering

Tokens Radio Players

12: Brother Preacher

Greg Lee

13: Victory in Jesus

Our Most Outstanding Horen Mountain Boys

14: Bread and Water

Vince Gill

15: Sponsorship Announcement

Tokens Radio Players

16: Class & Grass

Our Most Outstanding Horen Mountain Boys

17: Season Ticket Advertisement; Merch Advertisement

Tokens Radio Players

18: Instrumental

Our Most Outstanding Horen Mountain Boys

19: Tokens Radio Theme Reprise

Our Most Outstanding Horen Mountain Boys

20: Plymouth Colony Council

Tokens Radio Players

21: Back Home Again

Lee C. Camp

22: Make

JohnnySwim

23: Bells of Christmas

The Nashville Choir

24: Thank You Thanksgiving

Greg Lee, Lee C. Camp, MOHMB, JohnnySwim and The Nashville Choir

25: Interview: Brian McLaren

Lee Camp and Brian McLaren

26: My Own Home

Our Most Outstanding Horen Mountain Boys

27: When The Roll Is Call Up Sonder

Dailey & Vincent

28: Cross Over to the Other Side of Jordan

Dailey & Vincent

29: Welcome Table

The McCrary Sisters

30: Come Thou Fount

Buddy Greene

31: Go Rest High

Vince Gill

32: Daddy Sang Bass

Company