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06.20.2021

 

 

SERVICE SUMMARY: Everyone loves a party. Some people like big parties, some people like small parties, but everyone loves to celebrate life with people they know and love. Often times, however, religious people present following Jesus as anything but a party. But a party was one of Jesus’ favorite ways of talking about being his follower. In fact, to prove this, he used to throw parties to help people experience what his kingdom is like (much to the chargrim of religious folk!). This week in our service, we are going to reflect on this basic fact about Jesus’ kingdom and consider what that means for inviting others in. We hope you will come along!

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SCRIPTURE: Luke 14:12-24

He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers[a] or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. 13 But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”

15 When one of those who reclined at table with him heard these things, he said to him, “Blessed is everyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!” 16 But he said to him, “A man once gave a great banquet and invited many. 17 And at the time for the banquet he sent his servant[b] to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’ 18 But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it. Please have me excused.’ 19 And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to examine them. Please have me excused.’ 20 And another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’ 21 So the servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house became angry and said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and crippled and blind and lame.’ 22 And the servant said, ‘Sir, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.’ 23 And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled. 24 For I tell you,[c] none of those men who were invited shall taste my banquet.’”

 

CONFESSION OF SIN

Welcoming God, through the work of Jesus you have shown your covenant faithfulness to Israel so that the nations might be welcomed in. And you have called us to welcome one another as we have been welcomed by you. 

Forgiving us for not believing that you really welcome us as sinners. 

Have mercy on us.

Forgive us for feeling like we are entitled guests, and for the corresponding lack of wonder we feel about receiving your invitation.

Have mercy on us.

Forgive us for failing to make room at your table, and for failing to extend your invitation to others. 

Have mercy on us.

Gracious God, cause us to be so overwhelmed by your hospitality that we open our homes, and tables, and lives to others.

 

SONG OF PREPARATION:

Verse 1
Go to the highways and hedges,
go to the farthest of fields
Go and compel, the sick and the well
For our Father’s house will be filled

Verse 2
Go to the streets of the city,
bring in the crippled and blind
All who would taste this banquet of grace
Must come and waste no more time.

Chorus
Come to the feast, come to the table
The great and the least, the rich and the poor
Come to the feast, come to the table
Come and hunger no more. Come and hunger no more

Verse 3
In the robe of the lamb you’ll be covered,
dressed in his pure righteousness
For all of your guilt, his blood it was spilt
So come by your Father be blessed