In Isaiah we are given a vision of the great feast to come, when God will wipe away death forever. In Jesus’ parable about a great banquet, those invited do not come, so the invitation is extended to others. Jesus tells this parable as a way of teaching us that receiving God’s grace changes people. As Lutheran theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer taught, God’s grace is not cheap, it comes at a great cost upon the cross. Once we receive this costly grace, our lives are never the same. This grace compels us to act and calls us to bear fruit with our lives. To continue to live in the same way after receiving this gracious invitation is not an option. So what are we to do? Join us this week as TLLC member, Pastor Dave Seddelmeyer, invites us to answer this question: “What Are You Wearing to the Wedding?” and reminds us that in our liturgy God spreads a table before us. There – at the banquet – we simply receive the gracious invitation to the banquet and find a changing room—it’s time to live a new life!
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