Sunday Title: Banquet Sunday
Sermon Title: “keep the change - be changed by the change”
Sunday Title: Discipleship Sunday
Sermon Title: Please Welcome
Sunday Title: Invite Sunday
Sermon Title: “Welcome Pastor Jim Brandis”
Sunday Title: Invitation Sunday
Sermon Title: "RSVP"
Isaiah 25:1-9 On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines, of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear.
Psalm 23 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
Philippians 4:1-9 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Matthew 22:1-14 For many are called, but few are chosen.
All may make the sign of the cross in remembrance of baptism
as the presiding minister begins:
P: In the Name of the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit.
P We are invited to God's Banquet, let us cover ourselves in humbleness and confess our sin. (pause cause humble don't come easy)
O Lord God...
C: we receive your invitation
and we really want to attend your banquet
yet we attend to so much other business.
We are grateful you extend your invitation to all people,
not just the pious privileged.
But now that we are members of your church,
we screen the guest list,
so that people will be like us,
think like us, and ...like us.
We count on your faithfulness in the open invitation
but do not RSVP with our faithfulness.
Lord forgive the sins we reveal.
Lord save us from the sins we cover.
(pause for reflection and self-examination)
P: The invitation to God's Banquet remains open. The covenant is sealed by our Savior's victory over sin and death. For Christ's sake our sins are forgiven. Let us Respond to our Savior's Victory Party, and live out the gift given to us for the glory of the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit.
C: Amen. -wjw
P: The peace of the Lord be with you always!
C: And also with you!