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Sunday 11th October

posted 8 Oct 2020, 05:49 by Church Office   [ updated 9 Oct 2020, 12:32 by CHS Info ]

Sunday 11th October 2020

 Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity


PRAM SERVICE: COME TO THE FEAST

This week in pram we will be thinking about feasts: who gets invited and who gets left off the invitation list.

We’ll be making a collage of Jesus’ Big Banquet.

 



The FEAST features in both of our readings this morning.  The image of the big feast is more than a party it asks us important questions about inclusion, exclusion, judgement and grace.

 

Isaiah 25:6-9 Feasts were held by dominant states to display the number of lesser states who owed them fealty.  In God’s feast all nations are invited: not just tribute nations but any old nations.  The power belongs not to the host, who does nothing to compel his guest nations to attend, but to the guests who freely chose to come. 

Matthew 22:1-14 Again the political, social and economic power of the feast: the statement about those who owe you allegiance, those whose support you can count upon is the parodied by God’s feast, when again, just anyone can come. We decide to come or not; in judging whether we wish to be in such undistinguished company we find we have judged ourselves.

 

Readings

Isaiah 25:6-9

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.
And he will destroy on this mountain
    the shroud that is cast over all peoples,
    the sheet that is spread over all nations;
    he will swallow up death forever.
Then the Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces,

and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth,
    for the Lord has spoken.
It will be said on that day,
    Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, so that he might save us.
    This is the Lord for whom we have waited;
    let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

Matthew 22:1-14

22:  1Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding banquet, but they would not come. 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.’ But they made light of it and went away, one to his farm, another to his business, while the rest seized his slaves, mistreated them, and killed them. The king was enraged. He sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city. Then he said to his slaves, ‘The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy. 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.”

Prayer – The Collect

Almighty and everlasting God,

increase in us your gift of faith

that, forsaking what lies behind

and reaching out to that which is before,

we may run the way of your commandments

and win the crown of everlasting joy;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever. Amen

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CHS Info,
8 Oct 2020, 08:27
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