Prepare for The Sunday of the Great Banquet – Trinity 2 (06/25)Pr. Christopher Gillespie
The Gospel Call Goes Out to All
Wisdom has issued an invitation to the divine feast: “Come, eat of my bread and drink of the wine I have mixed. Leave your simple ways, and live, and walk in the way of insight” (Prov. 9:5–6). This is the call of the Spirit of Christ to believe the Gospel and to receive His saving gifts in the Holy Supper. Many make excuses and reject this invitation, even as the Jews did in the days of Jesus, yet the Master’s house will be filled. The Gospel call therefore goes out to the lowly and despised, into the highways, even to all the Gentiles (Luke 14:15–24). For “you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ” (Eph. 2:13–22). In Christ, believing Jews and Gentiles are no longer strangers but fellow members of the household of God. The enmity of class and race is put to death through the cross. Having been reconciled in the one Body of Christ, we are enabled to love one another (1 John 3:13–18) as we await the marriage feast of the Lamb in His kingdom which will have no end.
Old Testament: Prov. 9:1-10
Psalm: Psalm 34
Epistle: 1 John 3:13-18
Gospel: Luke 14:16-24
The LORD was | my support.*
In the day of my ca- | lamity
He brought me out into a | broad place;*
He delivered me because He delight- | ed in me. (Psalm 18:18-19)
I will love You, O | LORD, my strength.*
The LORD is my rock and my | fortress.
For You will save the humble | people,*
but will bring down | haughty looks.
As for God, His way is | perfect;*
the word of the LORD is | proven;
I will give thanks to You, O LORD, among the | Gentiles,*
and sing praises | to Your name. (Psalm 18:1-2, 27, 30, 49)
In my distress I cried / to the LORD,*
and He / heard me.
Deliver my soul, O LORD, from / lying lips*
and from a de- / ceitful tongue. (Psalm 120:1–2)
Alle- / luia.*
Alle- / luia.
I will praise the LORD according to His / righteousness,*
and will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High. Alle- / luia. (Psalm 7:17)