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The Parable of the Wedding Banquet
Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28

from the book
Lectionary Worship Workbook
Series II, Cycle A Gospel Texts

Wayne H. Keller

Matthew 22:1-14


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Alleluia! Alleluia!

Invitation to the Celebration

Have all of your musicians begin with banquet music, which invites people to a party. Then, with much enthusiasm, reverently shout, "Ring the bells! Throw confetti from the rooftops! Deck the city with banners! Cover one another with flowers! Clap your hands and shout for joy! Christ is risen! Christ is here! Celebrate the feast of life!"
P: God in Christ invites us to the party!

M: We come to celebrate the Spirit's Presence and Power!

P: What a privilege! What a joy! What an honor!

M: We come with expectations! We come to experience what God can do with lives receptive to the living Christ!

P: We open ourselves, our own needs, the needs of others, our relationships, and the world to Christ's Spirit.


"Rejoice, You Pure in Heart!" Stanza 1 only. Sing it until the people sing it as if they were attending a party.

Prayer of Praise

Center it around the theme that God has invited us to a banquet, a ...

This Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 worship resource, The Parable of the Wedding Banquet, is based on Matthew 22:1-14 and relates to Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 of Cycle A of the lectionary. This worship resource is excerpted from the book Lectionary Worship Workbook. SermonSuite offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, children's sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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