I can't wait for Thanksgiving. It's going to be a great time. I can't wait for thanksgiving, but not because of the food. I love turkey and stuffing, but I can eat other food. I love the pies and other desserts, but I eat those all the time! (Yes, it's a problem.). But what I love most is preparing a meal, setting the table, and pulling out some chairs for people who are near and dear to me. I love to be part of the meal preparation. I love to be part of the meal orchestration. I love to prepare a meal for the people I love. I love to set a place and prepare a meal for the people I care about.
That's what we're doing for you every Sunday. We're preparing a meal and saving a seat for you. And it's going to be good. It's going to be a feast of forgiveness and God's graces poured out for you. It will be like honey on your tongue. It will be like sitting down at a full course meal at Ruth's Chris Steak House to enjoy a perfect cut of steak and grilled asparagus, paired with the perfect wine. This is not the drive thru at McDonalds. This is the good stuff.
We're setting a table for you of God's Word, food for the soul. We're setting a table of God's Word, a message from God himself, that has been aged from the days of Moses and it has stood the test of time. It is inspired by the Holy Spirit and it is pure and perfect in every way. It is living and active, not some dead message that has passed it's time of application. It is useful for everything - for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, to teaching, for training in righteousness. This is the good stuff.
We're setting a table for you of songs and hymns and spiritual songs that unite us to saints of the past and saints of the present too. We get to express our faith, express God's Word in song. We're setting a table full of these hymns and songs for you. This is the good stuff.
We're setting a table for you with a sermon that is stewed in my heart by the Holy Spirit as I meditate on the Scriptures for you. This isn't something I spit out on Sunday morning, something that comes off the cuff. No, this meal in the sermon comes from hours of study, hours of prayer and mediation, and hours crafting a message that, by God's Spirit, will touch your heart and transform you into God's image, holy and perfect like this Son. This is the good stuff.
So, I hope you'll come. I hope you'll come to the banquet that we're setting for you this Sunday. There is a seat just for you. We picked hymns and prepared a worship service with you in our hearts and minds. I hope you'll come because I'm praying for you and I'm praying about you as I work on the sermon for this Sunday. I'm preparing a meal with you in my heart and mind. I'm setting a seat and preparing a place for you.
The table is nearly set. It will be fully set by 10 am this Sunday. (Don't forget about the time change!) Come, come and eat a banquet of God's Word, of songs and hymns about God. Come and eat and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.
“Come, all you who are thirsty,
come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without cost.
Why spend money on what is not bread,
and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
and you will delight in the richest of fare.