This Week in Worship
May 24, 2015
"A Table for the Nations"
This Sunday is Pentecost! Unlike Christmas and Easter, this High Holy Day on the church calendar has not been turned into an engine for consumerism, or a saccharine-sweet celebration of spring.
American culture doesn’t seem to want Pentecost, so it remains in custody of the church. Pentecost is when the church celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit.
Our passage this week, the parable of the great banquet, is not a typical Pentecost reading, yet is appropriate for the day. Like the day of Pentecost described in Acts 2, the parable of the great banquet is a gathering of an odd assortment of people, called together to be the guests of Christ. So it is this week in worship, we gather together as Christ’s guests at his table. —Phil Waite