THE POWER OF INVITING
I received a wedding invitation in the mail recently. I knew what it was before I opened it, because it was so thoughtfully designed and beautifully put together. Everything about the invitation told me that the event I was being invited to would be special and memorable. The invitation itself made me want to attend. It also made me feel special because I had been included in a celebration where there will be overflowing joy, inspiration, and love. The invitation told me the bride and groom want me to be one of the guests who will launch them on their new life together. The invitation itself became a gift to me.
The invitations we are giving out to this Sunday’s worship services and lunch are just like that wedding invitation. Much thought and care has been put into every aspect of that day, so that it will be a special and memorable event. Anyone who receives one of these invitations will know that you care so much about them that you want them to be part of the celebration where joy, inspiration, food, music and love are overflowing. Who knows? Maybe being part of Dilworth Church for that day will launch those we invite on a new life with us together.
We may be the ones handing out the invitations – and hope you are! – but Christ is the true host, the one who invites us all to God’s banquet. There is someone near you who believes he or she isn’t wanted – someone who doesn’t believe his or her name is on God’s invitation list. Invite them. There is somebody you go to school with, work with, or live near, who has never experienced the joy and love we share at Dilworth Church, and they need this invitation to find out what they’re missing. Invite them. There is someone you know who is even better at sharing God’s love and joy than we are, and we need them. Invite them. Don’t worry about whether they will accept or refuse your invitation, whether they can come or not. The invitation itself is a gift. So ask God to show you whom to invite, and then be bold and invite them! Encourage them to bring items from Bethlehem Center’s wish list with them, so they know they’ve also been invited to share the joy and privilege of helping others.
I look forward to meeting the friends you bring with you on Sunday. And I can’t wait to celebrate together that we’re all invited to God’s great feast of love and grace!
Blessed to serve among you, Pastor Karen