Then the angel said to me, ‘Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!’ And he added, ‘These are the true words of God.’ At this I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, ‘Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers and sisters who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For it is the Spirit of prophecy who bears testimony to Jesus.’
The theme of an invitation last week from Isaiah 55: 1-9 is repeated in Revelation 19:9-10: ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb’. These are, the angel announces, ‘…the true words that come from God’. John falls down at the angel’s feet to worship him, however the angel reprimands John: ‘I am a servant of God just like you and your brothers and sisters who testify their faith in Jesus’.
The invitation portrays true worship, to worship God alone. During this Lenten time the reading invites us to come together, brothers and sisters, to the wedding feast of the marriage of the people of God, in union with Jesus Christ, in partnership with one another by the love and grace of God and the Holy Spirit. Accepting the invitation is an act of witness to Jesus Christ our Saviour and Redeemer and both the invitation and witness go on… Amen
In prayer let us come together:
Hallelujah! Praise God!
We bow down before you God;
we worship You;
and we thank you for your gracious
eternal invitation to be Your servants.
Grant us the grace and love to accept Your invitation
to find strength in You:
to bear witness to the love of Your Son Jesus Christ;
to receive the guidance of the Holy Spirit
as an act of witness of the love of Jesus Christ our Lord;
to worship as brothers and sisters;
to take our act of faith out to people who are in need
no matter who or where.
We offer these prayers in the name of Your Son
Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Ann Sinclair is elder in the Northern Synod and an Assembly accredited lay preacher
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