The Banquet

In my morning psalter I chanted these words,

Nourish the Church at the banquet of your Word and Bread, strengthened by this food may she follow you in joy.

Mundelein Psalter

As much as I try to emphasize the importance of regular worship, this was nice to read. It helps as we reshape our view of worship. It is a banquet. When Israel was enslaved in Egypt and Moses was speaking before Pharaoh he said,

Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Let my people go, that they may hold a feast to me in the wilderness.’ 

Exodus 5:1

This idea of worship as a feast, or “festival” as the NIV puts it, is how God describes what it will be like for His people to meet Him. It’s a celebration, a party. That is so different from the typical view, sometimes tinted with somberness, and often overshadowed by a sense of obligation. Let’s redeem worship and let the Lord’s Supper remind us of the great banquet that we will experience particularly when we meet God face to face.