The Story Behind "Come To The Table"

The Story Behind "Come To The Table"

“Come to the Table” was the very first song we wrote for this project.  We had flown out to the lake house and we had our friend Ben Glover come in and we were sitting down and thinking and just trying to get that perfect step, that perfect start. 

And this was the song that came to our hearts and i love it, i love that line, “motley crew of misfits.”  We had a little discussion when that line came up and Ben Glover came up with that he said, “I like this dude.”  And to me this is the honest truth. 

When we recorded this album we actually had a movie that went along with every single song on the album.  And the movie for this song was “Hook.”  And when Ben Glover said that line, “motley crew of misfits…” I instantly thought of that scene where Peter Pan and Rufio and everybody is throwing food at each other.  And it just reminded me of the people that God calls…we are the lost boys, we are the lost children of God and we need to come back home.  And so that come to the table is for everybody…it’s for those that are uncouth, it’s for the thieves, the liars, the doubters, the sinners.  This song just kinda brings it all together. 

So if you hear this song and you see Rufio throwing mashed potatoes at people, thats cool, but I hope honestly that this song goes even deeper than that to the heart of whoever is out there that feels lost…you’re welcome at the table of Christ.  And the verse that goes along with that is Mark 2:16-17, this the perfect summation that God came not for the righteous, but for the sinners…

- Sidewalk Prophets


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10 comments
  • I used to think I was a fairly good person who sinned sometimes and so I needed a Savior. True. Last night, I confessed some deep sin. The realization is that I am a sinner. I will die a sinner. But by the blood of Jesus and his invitation to open the door and eat with Him. I can feast on His goodness and abide in Him. I don’t bring anything to the table and yet He invites me daily. He put this song on my heart this morning. I just cried in worship of Him. There is no one like Him.

    Leslie Emanuels on
  • I am humbled at the feet of Jesus when I hear this song. God being absolute perfection assures us of salvation when in the midst of sin and brokenness we accept Jesus into our hearts as our Lord and Savior… we are all misfits…. but God welcomes us into His family with open arms as if we were perfect… so much mercy, grace and forgiveness we will never deserve and would never be able to earn!

    Susan Mason on
  • Today my pastor told me he needed to ask me a question. There was something he thought I needed to do. I said what can I do for you? He responded not for me. But he wanted me to know I had been on his heart all week. After I prayed in front of the congregation last week, he felt I needed to do more. He wanted me to write a sermon.
    I cried. I just busted out crying. He knew I had thought of this many times.
    I came home tonight absolutely in awe that someone would ask this of me. Me, a misfit, a part of the motley crew. I had not felt worthy.

    I wrote it. I just finished. It’s about our talents. About using them and not burying them. The song “come to the table” kept coming to my head all evening. I wrote about the Last Supper.
    I want to be at the table and commune with Christ. I don’t want to be left here holding a bag of coins.
    Thank you for reminding each of us that we can join the table of sinners who have been redeemed. God bless you each.

    Margaret V H Morris on
  • Amen beautiful message and video.

    Eddie on
  • I believe this is certainly one of the best (if not THE BEST) contemporary Christian song written. The melody is easy to follow and the WORDS are the Gospel! ALL are invited to God’s table. I don’t hear this without it affecting me. By the way, I’m 62 and not too crazy about CCM, but this got my attention.

    Laura Slider on

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