Today’s parable is considered one of Jesus’ secret messages about kin-dom living. In this pericope five virgins bring their lamps and five bring their lamps and extra oil. This wedding imagery in Matthew offers us introspection on time, preparation, and the value of oil. In this text we will explore:
- Wedding customs
- The author’s purpose of wedding imagery
- The importance of extra oil
- The possibilities available while waiting
Call to Celebration
We greet this time of worship in anticipation.
We are looking forward to the surprises.
We embrace our Light.
We are trimming our lamps.
Don’t forget the oil.
We are prepared to have an overflow of oil. Amen
God of Abundance, you graciously provide light. When we are rushing to do, we sometimes burn out. Remind us to cultivate our light by immersing ourselves in the gift of love and community. Amen
Bringing in the Light
Celebrations & Concerns
Matthew 23: 1-12
Taking the Light into the World
A Prayer for Peace and Restoration
God, when we become weary in doing, remind us to pause and bask in the oil of grace. Help us to rediscover and reimagine our gifts. The possibility of renewal is right before us when we awaken and delight ourselves in Light. Amen
Rev. LaTrell Harrison