Good morning, gals and pals. Whether you are preaching the gospel story of the wedding banquet or NOT, I invite you this morning to come to a virtual banquet of food, laughter, conversation and encouragement. I'm not preaching this weekend, though I have an actual wedding this afternoon and banquet afterwards. Yay, me!
We're in the middle of stewardship season here, and connecting the words of Paul in Philippians with joyful giving (at least, that's what I've heard from the preacher.) I'm in the middle of calling a bunch of people and inviting them to speak, or write, the end of this sentence, "I give because...." But, what about you? Are you struggling with the good and bad news of the gospel, where there is a huge party, but also weeping, and gnashing of teeth? are you working your way through Exodus? are you with Paul as well?
As per usual (until someone gets tired of it), we have blueberry pancakes for breakfast, we have orange juice and fair trade coffee, with a little side of turkey sausage, if you'd like. There will be more feasting throughout the day. Maybe I'll even bring something back from the wedding banquet!