The sermon text for this Lord’s Day is Luke 14:15-24. In it, Jesus tells a story about a great feast. Those invited made foolish excuses and refused to attend. The host brought in an unexpected crowd to fill the banquet hall. The story rebuked the religious leaders of Israel who refused to respond to Jesus’ message; they refused to enter his kingdom. The host gathered a crowd from the “highways and hedges” to come. Thus, the story anticipates the mission of the church that proclaims Jesus’ invitation far and wide, an invitation that has come us.