Sermon Introduction –
You Will be Blessed
God’s idea of a good party is so different from ours! We want to be at the head table, and want to invite important people that will invite us to their parties. God says to sit down low so you can be raised up, and invite those who can’t possibly pay you back. How can the church be more like God’s idea of a good party?
Introduction to our readings
Invited and inviting—that is the nature of the church. By God’s grace in holy baptism we have a place at Christ’s banquet table. When, by the power of that same Spirit, humility and mutual love continue among us, the church can be more inviting still.