Praise the Lord! Give thanks to the Lord because he is good, because his faithful love endures forever. Who could possibly repeat all of the Lord’s mighty acts
or publicly recount all his praise? The people who uphold justice, who always do what is right, are truly happy! Remember me, Lord, with the favor you show your people. Visit me with your saving help so I can experience the good things your chosen ones experience, so I can rejoice in the joy of your nation, so I can praise along with your possession. We have sinned – right along with our ancestors. We’ve done what is wrong. We’ve acted wickedly. Our ancestors in Egypt didn’t understand your wondrous works. They didn’t remember how much faithful love you have. So they rebelled by the sea – at the Reed Sea. But God saved them for the sake of his good name,
to make known his mighty power.
Jesus responded by speaking again in parables: “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding party for his son. He sent his servants to call those invited to the wedding party. But they didn’t want to come. Again he sent other servants and said to them, ‘Tell those who have been invited, “Look, the meal is all prepared. I’ve butchered the oxen and the fattened cattle. Now everything’s ready. Come to the wedding party!”’ But they paid no attention and went away – some to their fields, others to their businesses. The rest of them grabbed his servants, abused them, and killed them. “The king was angry. He sent his soldiers to destroy those murderers and set their city on fire. Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding party is prepared, but those who were invited weren’t worthy. Therefore, go to the roads on the edge of town and invite everyone you find to the wedding party.’ “Then those servants went to the roads and gathered everyone they found, both evil and good. The wedding party was full of guests. Now when the king came in and saw the guests, he spotted a man who wasn’t wearing wedding clothes. He said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without wedding clothes?’ But he was speechless. Then the king said to his servants, ‘Tie his hands and feet and throw him out into the farthest darkness. People there will be weeping and grinding their teeth.’ “Many people are invited, but few people are chosen.”
Message by Pastor Mary Dotson
Picture is from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Julius_Schnorr_von_Carolsfeld_002.jpg
Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld (1794–1872) Link back to Creator infobox template wikidata:Q703458
Title The Wedding Feast at Cana
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions 138.5 × 208 cm (54.5 × 81.9 in)
Kunsthalle Hamburg Link back to Institution infobox template wikidata:Q169542
Accession number HK-2938
Credit line Gift: F. Matthiesen, 1951
Source/Photographer The Yorck Project: 10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei. DVD-ROM, 2002. ISBN 3936122202. Distributed by DIRECTMEDIA Publishing GmbH.
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