This Sunday we continue working our way through the Gospel of Luke, focusing on the “Table Talk" of Jesus -- stories and conversations he shared when he was at table. You are invited to the table, too. The Lord’s Supper will be celebrated.
And here are three more invitations to share food and conversation:
After worship, visitors and others new to the church are invited to a luncheon in the church parlor. If you have a friend or neighbor who is not currently involved in a faith community, consider inviting them to come with you to worship and to stay for lunch.
On Wednesday at 12:30 we will host a luncheon for members of Albany Classis and anyone else who would like to come. I’ll speak about my recent trip to Israel and the West Bank and we will share a buffet lunch with food from Mamoun’s Falafel restaurant. If you are planning to come please respond no later than Monday, March 7.
On Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. you are invited to a simple supper in the church parlor. We’ll discuss the text for the Sunday, March 13, the story of Zacchaeus where Jesus invites himself to Zacchaeus' house.
In the scripture text for this Sunday Jesus tells the parable of the Great Banquet. It’s a story told to make a point, even meant to ‘get under the skin’ of his hearers.
A man gave a great dinner and invited many. After initially saying yes to the invitation, at the last minute the original invitees one by one all beg off with rather lame excuses, in effect telling the host, “I have other things to do and they are more important to me than my relationship with you.” The host is insulted and angry but instead of taking out his anger on the rude and insensitive people who were about to spoil his party, he determines to go ahead with the banquet and sends his servant out to invite any and all “so that my house may be filled.”
Where do you find yourself in the story? Among those who at the last minute are the surprising recipients of grace and are unexpectedly welcomed at a great banquet? Or has the good news of God’s gracious invitation become so familiar that it seems common, maybe even deserved? Are you among those whose attitude is ‘ho-hum’ and who have better things to do?
Where will you be this Sunday morning? What important things will you be doing?
You are cordially invited to a celebration. There will be food for body and soul. Supper will be served. Come, for all things will be ready.