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The Feast

Dr. Jonathan Sloan gives a sermon about God’s invitation, the ways in which we respond, and the outcome of our choice. Based on Matthew 22:1-12.

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*Call to Worship
We come together to worship and praise the Lord;
we are invited into His presence.
We are not forced, or coerced, we come freely;
we eagerly enter to be with Him in the company of other believers.
Prayer, worship and service to others are opportunities to accept the Lord’s invitation to sample the appetizers, a mere foretaste of the bountiful feast to come!
Let us worship God!

*Prayer of Confession
Dear Lord, You call us and we do not listen. You summon us and we do not respond. You point us in the direction of a life full of blessings, and we stray in the opposite direction. You invite us to attend the most wonderful banquet we could ever imagine and we are too distracted with other events, so we ignore it. Help us to place that invitation on the top of our “to-do” list. Help us to begin preparing now for the feast so that when the day arrives we are ready without delay or hesitation…(

*Assurance of Pardon
Jesus calls us to pick up our crosses and follow Him to the Heavenly gala. The journey is hard but because of His forgiveness and mercy, it is a road worth taking.
Thanks be to God!

Matthew 22:1-14 (NRSV)

The Parable of the Wedding Banquet
22 Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying: 2 “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. 3 He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding banquet, but they would not come. 4 Again he sent other slaves, saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited: Look, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready; come to the wedding banquet.’ 5 But they made light of it and went away, one to his farm, another to his business, 6 while the rest seized his slaves, mistreated them, and killed them. 7 The king was enraged. He sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city. 8 Then he said to his slaves, ‘The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy. 9 Go therefore into the main streets, and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet.’ 10 Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both good and bad; so the wedding hall was filled with guests.

11 “But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing a wedding robe, 12 and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding robe?’ And he was speechless. 13 Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 14 For many are called, but few are chosen.”