A message from Rev. Kathy Bouchard:
A little over a year ago, I preached a sermon entitled “Faithful Stewardship: A Mystery Basket” based on the Parable of the Leaven found in Matthew’s Gospel. Drawing from the television show, “Chopped,” the sermon combined a number of seemingly unlikely ingredients that come together to create a surprisingly tasty appetizer . . . arctic char, black licorice, mangos, and caper berries. With a little imagination the ingredients represented Freedom, Love, the Kindom of Heaven, and Us. These ingredients come together to create a palatable appetizer that encourages us toward extravagant generosity as we participate in the ushering in of God’s Kindom.
This coming Sunday I will preach on the Parable of the Great Banquet found in the Gospel of Luke. Thinking about last year’s sermon, I thought about calling this sermon, “Now We’re Cooking!” but I’m thinking that this time it’s about the delicious food, not about the ingredients or the preparation.
The Great Banquet was extravagant in Luke’s day. Anyone who knew how special it was would have wanted to be there. If you remember the parable, you know that there were many distractions that kept the invited guests from attending. The Great Banquet is pretty special today, too. I’ve settled on a sermon title that I think fits the parable, “RSVP!” That’s short for “répondez s’il vous plait” in French or “respond, if you please” in English. All are invited! All are encouraged to respond because the Great Banquet is not to be missed! I’ll meet you there on Sunday!