I hear the word, “tribalism,” a lot these days. Many people are concerned that as a nation we are becoming more divided. We are more likely to segregate ourselves into like-minded groups. We reinforce our own beliefs and prejudices with social media. We are more likely to think of “others” as not only different but even as evil. Understanding is seen as unimportant and Compromise has become something of a dirty word.

What about in the church? Which kinds of people are “our people?” Who do we get to exclude?

For the sermon this weekend we will look at another parable of Jesus from Matthew 22:1-14. As you look at this parable, ask yourself, “Who is included and who is excluded from God’s amazing banquet?” And why?

Parables often have a disturbing twist and this parable certainly does. After getting a late invitation, one of the guests is thrown out for not wearing the right kind of clothes. I don’t know about you but I sometimes read that and think, “That doesn’t sound like Jesus.” What is going on? What is Jesus trying to tell us with this twist at the end? (hint: Jesus isn’t really talking about clothes).

Hopefully each worship service this weekend will help us think about:

  1. who we are as followers of Jesus Christ;
  2. who we are as a Church; and
  3. what it means to see each person not as a label or category but as a unique

and gifted child of God.

I am thankful for the diverse group of wonderful people who make up our church community. That includes you!

I look forward to worshiping with you this weekend

 

       Pastor Kent

This Week in Worship – February 16 & 17, 2019