Welcome to the online Fetteresso Church Service - Church At Home for this week. Many thanks to Sarah Dickinson for leading us through this Service, and to the Rev Dr Bill Wallace for today’s Sermon. Thanks also to Ian Gillis our Choirmaster and Organist for the Musical interludes. Due to the current guidelines any music praise items in this Online Service have been added in from our extensive Fetteresso Digital Sound Archives.
The theme of this week’s Service is “Come to the Table” and in Matthew Ch 22 we find that the tables are all set, and the food is all ready – yet the guests fail turn up. So, the master sends out his servants into the streets to invite everyone and anyone who will come to the feast.
I am sure there have been many disappointments this year for those planning their very special Wedding day. Sadly, due to Covid-19 restrictions the guest list has had to be cut back to minimal numbers, not the Wedding that was planned. The celebrations very much subdued – very difficult to do an Orcadian strip-the-willow socially distanced.
Just a suggestion - to help us think about this weeks Wedding Banquet Parable you might want to get out that old wedding invitation or better still, a photograph of that very special family wedding – perhaps of everyone siting down to the Wedding celebration meal or even doing that eight some reel. I am sure as you reminisce and recall that happy day you will think on those who were there, and even recall some of those stories that now form part of your family folk lore.
Below is a Photograph from the Stewart Archives called “A Highland Wedding” it was from the wedding day of Iain (my nephew) & Louise. The reception was held on the McLean Family croft at Crowlista Uig Lewis. Yes, that is me in ancient Stewart muted tartan, who with my sister-in-law Anna Stewart is serving tea and cakes to the Neighbours that have gathered from the village. How very moving it was to see the neighbours coming out of their houses and crofts to join in the celebrations over a cup of tea and cake. A very special day but also a reminder that the invitation was not just for family and close friends but also for community and neighbours.
The challenge of today’s parable is not just understanding the importance of the personal invitation that we have been given, but of those extra invitations that we have been given to take out to the street corners to invite passing strangers to the feast.
You are Invited – Come to His Table
I was hungry and you gave me something to eat,
I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink,
I was a stranger and you invited me in.
Keep Safe Keep Singing Keep Serving