Guess Who is Coming to Dinner?

Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure attending a few wedding receptions.  Guest lists are painstakingly created.  The menu is carefully selected.  And a chart seats the most important folks closest to the bride and groom.  All very typically wedding planning protocol. 

 

However, guest preacher Rev. Karen Renner shows us this week how Jesus turned such banquet planning upside down.  Jesus said, “When you plan a party, invite those who would typically be excluded, have them sit closest to the guests of honor, and then serve them the best food first.”  What?  Not at all the way we would expect.