Resources for Pentecost +12
St. Thomas Day - St. Thomas, the Doubter
Call to Worship:
by pulpitt in nd
Guests, angels, visitors and friends...
Jesus tells a parable about class or the lack of it.
Guests come, some have been invited, and some have wandered in,
Still others wonder what it’s all about here.
Confused yet certain that our invitation is valid;
We come to worship full of grace and truth.
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Best Seat in the House
a sermon based on Luke 14:1,7-14
by Rev. Kerstin Barnes
It happened a couple of years
ago. I was interning in San Francisco and was tagged along to many
events and occasions by my supervisor. One of these events was an
upscale wedding rehearsal for a bi-national couple; he was from the
U.S., she was from Germany. It was a beautiful rehearsal, and
afterwards, the party of approximately 30 people headed for a really
nice restaurant on Fisherman’s Wharf for dinner.
We were led to a separate room for special occasions. There were
three big, round tables to accommodate us. First we were served drinks
and just stood around, socializing. Then it was time to sit down, and
boy, did I wish we had had a rehearsal for that procedure as well! The
big question was: who is sitting where?
Bride and groom, of course, sat at the center table. I, of course, as
an outsider who had graciously been admitted to join the party, squeezed
myself into a corner spot. The parents of the groom took their seats
next to their son. The seats filled up quickly, and all of a sudden, the
parents of the bride sat down next to me, in the corner, and looked
somewhat confused. The bride’s mother looked over to the table where her
daughter sat, and said, "Well, all seats are already taken over there."
She sounded sad. She continued to stare at her daughter, who was engaged
in lively conversation. Then she said, "We should sit over there. I
mean, the groom’s parents are sitting there, after all."
Don’t you think the bride’s mother has a point? Wouldn’t that be a
classic question for "Dear Abby"? Shouldn’t the parents of the bride be
sitting at their daughter’s table, especially since the groom’s parents
took a seat next to their son? ...
Well, it seems that some of the guests of that wedding rehearsal
party did not listen to the message of today’s Gospel. Jesus clearly
says: When you are invited, go and sit down at the lowest place, so that
when your host comes, he may say to you: Friend, move up higher!
Of course Jesus is not just
talking about another social event. Jesus is not "Dear Abby", and his
words are not shallow advice. Jesus is using the parable of the wedding
banquet to tell us something about ourselves. To begin with the very,
very good news: we are all invited!...
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