The Lesson from Scripture for today is read from the Gospel According to Matthew, chapter 22, verses 1 through 14.
In this lesson Jesus compares the Kingdom of Heaven to a wedding banquet to which everyone is invited. He also teaches that it is a time of rejoicing.
The Lesson is in a responsive reading format, please join in so we can read and hear this lesson together.
1 Again Jesus used parables to teach the people. 2 “The kingdom of heaven is like what happened when a king gave a wedding banquet for his son. 3 The king sent some servants to tell the invited guests to come to the banquet, but the guests wouldn’t come. 4 He sent other servants to say to the guests, “The banquet is ready! The prime rib has all been prepared. Everything is ready! Come to the wedding banquet!”
5 But the guests paid no attention. Some of them left for their farms and some others went to their places of business. 6 Others grabbed the servants, then beat them up and killed them. 7 The king was enraged. He sent his army to kill the murderers and burn their city.
8 Then he said to his servants, “It is time for the wedding banquet, and the invited guests don’t deserve to come. 9 Go to the street corners and tell everyone you see to come to the banquet.” 10 They went out on the streets and brought in everyone they could find, good and bad alike. And the banquet hall was filled with guests. 11 When the king went in to meet the guests, he saw that one of them wasn’t wearing the right kind of clothes for a wedding.
12 The king asked, “Friend, why didn’t you wear proper clothes for the wedding?” But the guest had no excuse. 13 So the king gave orders for that person to be tied hand and foot, and thrown outside into the dark where people will cry and grit their teeth in pain. 14 Many are invited, but only a few choose to respond.
From time to time our Pastor presents a character who responds to the Lesson. Today, we will meet a man who has received the invitation and is prepared to join in the celebration.