This week we ran our official “invitation” commercial where I explained our invitation to the kids.
I explained that the Kingdom of Heaven is like a big (wedding) party and when we throw a party, we invite EVERYONE. At least that’s God’s style! Jesus says some people are going to say yes and some people are going to say no, but our job is to invite!
I wanted to empower every kid to invite his or her friend to our Easter party at our church on Sunday. I wanted them to feel like they are the hosts of the party and they’re allowed to invite as many other kids as they want to the party. The problem is – a verbal invite between kids is a very abstract thing. It would be like playing the game “Telephone” and the message would get lost in translation.
I developed a way to bridge the communication gap by creating personalized invitations that kids fill out and it includes the child’s guardian’s contact information so the invitee’s parent can reach out for a ride or more details about our church. On top of that, there’s a spot for the kids to indicate what service they attend so they can “host” their invited friend well.
Now, we pray that God brings many new kids to join us for our Easter party and they experience God’s life-changing love of them.
Here’s one of Jesus’ references to the Kingdom of Heaven being like a big party!
12 He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers[b] or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. 13 But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”
15 When one of those who reclined at table with him heard these things, he said to him, “Blessed is everyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!” 16 But he said to him, “A man once gave a great banquet and invited many. 17 And at the time for the banquet he sent his servant[c] to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’ 18 But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it. Please have me excused.’ 19 And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to examine them. Please have me excused.’ 20 And another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’ 21 So the servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house became angry and said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and crippled and blind and lame.’ 22 And the servant said, ‘Sir, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.’ 23 And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled. 24 For I tell you,[d] none of those men who were invited shall taste my banquet.’” From Bible Gateway.