In a week in which economic and election news donimate, in a week in which fear and scarcity seem to be the Truth, I invite you to consider God's banquet table: the one on the mountain, where all the nations will be invited, and where death will be swallowed up. Or, how about the wedding banquet given by a rich and generous king, by any stretch of the imagination an elaborate affair, but one the guests don't seem interested in going to? Or, how about the banquet of rejoicing in Paul's letter to the Philippians? "Rejoice in the Lord always, again I will say rejoice," he encourages us today.
So, how are you preaching this weekend? How will you deal with the economic and election news? (Is this going to come up in your preaching?) Is there a banquet table being prepared for your congregation? If so, what will it be?
This morning I invite you to sample my famous homemade apple-cinnamon oatmeal, along with fair trade coffee and tea, or course. Bring along anything else you would like to share, as well. And as we share our real ideas and our real hopes and our virtual goodies, I hope we catch a glimpse of the abundance of God.