12th Sunday after Pentecost – Luke 14:1, 7-14
Stewardship Moment from Pastor William
Stewardship in the Gospel
At a dinner party, Jesus instructs his host to not invite friends, but to “invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind.” In God’s kingdom, there is room for everyone at the table, and Jesus is serious about inviting those who are overlooked.
Stewardship in our community
There is a movement that encourages folks to do good by buying coffee for the person in line behind you; but they can afford to pay for their own coffee, or they wouldn’t be in line. Jesus wants us to invite somebody into line who can’t afford the coffee and then pay for it. But then go further; sit with them to begin building a God’s kingdom relationship with them.
Stewardship in practice
At a God’s kingdom dinner party, all people are equally important. That happens only when the host makes it so; elevating the lowly to a place of honor. When the overlooked are seen and made important, all people benefit. We are meant to be in relationship with God and one another; that can only happen when we gather together as equals. Who will you invite into a new life?