Joining the party? — this week at ELC

Wedding banquet

 

Jesus tells of a banquet to which many are invited, but some are too preoccupied.  We will be ready to respond, or are we too distracted by other things?

Worship this week:  Saturday – 5:00 p.m. in the chapel

Sunday – 8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship

9:30 a.m. Sunday School

10:30 a.m. Contemporary Worship

Devotions for this week:  THE WEDDING BANQUET

SHARE: What was a high point of your day? What was a low point?

READ: Read the following daily readings to deepen your understanding

Monday, Psalm 45:6-7, Psalm

Tuesday, Matthew 20:17-34, Works of Jesus

Wednesday, Matthew 21:18-22, The Fig Tree

Thursday, Matthew 21:23-27, The Authority of Jesus Questioned

Friday, Matthew 21:28-32, Parables of Jesus

Saturday, Matthew 21:33-46, Parables of Jesus

 (Go to clergystuff.com/daily-devotions for devotions on the daily readings.)

TALK: “The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy. Go

           therefore into the main streets, and invite everyone you find to the

           wedding banquet.” (Matthew 22:8b-9)

Jesus seems bent on stirring up his listeners with each subversive parable. When God invites you to a banquet, there is only one response, and only one dress code: celebration!

  • Who are the insiders and who are the outsiders in your community? What happens when the lines get blurred? Who benefits when insiders and outsiders begin to work together? Who is hurt?
  • How is Jesus’ parable of the wedding banquet good news for you? How is it bad news? Which do you prefer to see
  • For the littles: Describe your best going-to-a-banquet (party) outfit. You are invited to God’s forever celebration!

PRAY: Lord of hosts, you constantly expand the boundaries of your kingdom. Make us joyful participants in your plan to redeem the world, that all people would be one in you. For the sake of Jesus Christ. Amen.

BLESS: May God clothe you well for God’s eternal banquet. Amen.

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