Tonight, thousands of youth and adults from across the North Carolina Conference answered an invitation from God to gather, celebrate, and, worship at NCC Pilgrimage 2017.
The Reverend Sarah Heath of Costa Mesa UMC in California began by reminding us all of the anxiety-producing, nerve-inducing traditions of high school homecoming dances. Whether you’ve forgotten the rules, or you’re looking for some inspiration, here are the dos and don’ts of asking someone to homecoming that Rev. Heath shared with us:
Make it unforgettable.
Make them feel special.
Don’t lose intimacy.
Go all out.
Dress for the part.
As promised, Rev. Heath did more than deliver dating advice. She shared her own story of a homecoming rejection. She didn’t get the invitation she wanted, and when she showed up to homecoming, it wasn’t what she expected either. Hasn’t that happened to us all?
Rev. Heath connected this to our scripture from 1 Corinthians 11:17-33 where the church had to change their idea of what an invitation to the table meant. It wouldn’t be what they expected—but it would be revolutionary. Paul and the early church were committing themselves to a grace-filled idea: when we eat, we eat together.
This invitation is a beginning. All of us will be there. We are all eating this meal together—even Jesus shared a meal with someone who would betray him.
Rev. Heath reminded us that the United Methodist Church says the table is open to anyone. It means we don’t get to decide who we will be sitting with for this meal.
Jesus says, “Come to the table. All of you are welcome.” What are you doing to invite people?
You are not alone; you are invited to A Place at the Table.
*Article written by Hannah McMillan