Dinner Party Etiquette

By Kent French
October 3, 2019 - 2:04pm

Have you ever been at a dinner party or reception where you really didn’t know people that well? Maybe you were a friend of a friend. Maybe you were the guest of a new acquaintance. Maybe you just crashed the party.

Depending on where you are on the introvert/extrovert scale, you may have keenly felt your outsider status, retreated into the walls, felt uncomfortable and gone home early. Or you naturally broke through any awkwardness, extended yourself to others, discovered common interests, made genuine connections, even started new friendships. Or anything in between.

A lot of our comfort as guests depends on the hosts: how welcoming they are, if they help us with our coat, get us a drink, offer us food, a place to sit, introduce us to other people. It also depends on other guests and how easily they think of themselves as co-hosts. Some people know how to do this gracious hospitality instinctively, or through their home training. And some people are awful at it.

On Sunday, we are going to look at Jesus’ instructions about dinner party etiquette (Luke 14:1-24). He actually gives the instructions two different ways and I’m not yet sure how we will emphasize that in the message. But here’s the thing: a lot of his instruction has to do with upsetting the usual social order.

We will also celebrate World Communion Sunday with a variety of breads and music from around the world. And we will also welcome our new Seminarian. We look forward to welcoming you to the party.

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