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Sermon shared by Curt Cizek

October 2008
Summary: A sermon that looks at the parable of the wedding banquet from the perspective of the host - God.
Denomination: Lutheran
Audience: General adults
-It is absolutely maddening to young couples
-Maybe yíall had to deal with it too when you got married
-Iím as guilty as anybody
-What Iím talking about it RSVPs
-Todayís sermon is about RSVPs and the people who refuse to return them
-Iíve always wondered what RSVP stood for. I knew it was an acronym from France
-It stands for ďRťpondez síil vous plaÓtĒ which literally means, ďRespond if you pleaseĒ
-When Linda and I were getting ready to get married, I had to make a bunch of calls to family and friends to find out if they were going to make our wedding and reception
-I didnít realize what an undertaking putting together a celebration with 300 guests was
-It would have been fine if that was our full-time job but we were trying to take care of details in addition to our jobs
-What would it be like if we had to go see everyone one of those people in person or have to get together a group of friends and have them go visit all of the delinquent RSVPers and get a reply, if you please?
-How time consuming! How labor intensive! How insulting to us to have to hunt down peoplesí responses!
-But we cared about these people enough to hunt down their responses. They are our friends and family and we wanted them to be a part of our celebration. {PAUSE}
-Do you remember the pomp and circumstance that surrounded the marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana in 1981? I was only twelve at the time but I remember all the horses and carriages. All the gold and precious jewels. All the fancy clothes and all the guests.
-Do you think anyone of them didnít get their RSVP in on time? You know, as hard as it is to imagine, there probably was a handful of people too flighty to get their dang RSVP back in a timely fashion.
-Thatís what Jesus is saying to the chief priests and elders, the religious leaders of the Israelis of His day
-Jesus was saying that His kingdom is like a wedding celebration given by a king for his son.
-The king was pulling out all the stops to make sure that his sonís wedding was a special occasion. Thatís what we do. Even more so in the Middle East. {PAUSE}
-Do you remember it?
-Do you remember what Jesusí first miracle was?
-You remember donít you?
-What was it?
-Thatís right, Jesus turned water into wine.
-Whatís the significance of that?
-Wedding celebrations in Israel were big events
-It began with the betrothal which was as binding as being married itself
-There was a pledge of faithfulness to one another that began the engagement
-Some time later the bride would be transferred to the bridegroomís home
-Following that would be a seven day wedding feast
-Imagine feeding and housing your extended family and friends for a week
-It must have been some kind of party though {PAUSE}
-One of the things that I like to watch when theyíre on is Blooper Videos
-I love watching all the wedding bloopers
-It is such a big event with some many moving parts and so many people traveling from different parts of the country and everyone is dressed up so nicely, something is bound to go wrong
-Obviously, I can feel the pain of the pastorís who mess up
-Itís really easy to do
-I can also feel the pain of the attendants
-I was best man a couple times and so didnít want to lose the wedding bands
-However, I also feel the pain of the couples
-Our wedding was a glorious event
-However, it was one of the
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