One of Jesus’ parables was called ‘The Great Feast’.
It concerned a generous man who invited a number of important people to attend a great feast.
However unfortunately on the day of the feast, all the invited guests made feeble excuses as to why they could not be there.
The host was determined that his preparations were not going to waste, so he decided to invite other people in their place.
And these people were amongst the most unlikely of guests possible. However these new guests gladly accepted his invitations.
This parable has, amongst its many meanings, the fact that even if we are not appreciative of God’s gifts to us, then there will be others who will be.
In my churches before a Communion Service, all the members are sent a card inviting them to attend a special service which includes the sacrament of Holy Communion.
This reminds attendees of the Last Supper that Jesus shared with his disciples, where He passed round bread and the wine, just before His sacrifice on the cross.
One of the few commandments that Jesus gave his followers was to carry out this sacrament ‘in memory of Him’.
Many members will accept these invitations and will be at these special services. However some people will decide not to come, for a variety of reasons. However these cards will continue to go out to members before each Communion service, whether they have attended the previous one or not.
This is to enable them to be given another opportunity of taking part in this important act of worship. We are given many different invitations to attend events and places throughout the year, but at the end of the day, how we respond to these invitations is entirely up to us.